USA*Engage Hales Release of Atlantic Council Report

Friday, 8 June 2001

The report represents three years of study by a distinguished working group, led by former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, and former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger. Acting as analysts, not as advocates, the working group synthesized the many complex issues in the U.S. Iran relationship into a comprehensive approach.

"If we intend to move beyond the stalemate, both sides of the debate should take a serious look at the conclusions of this report," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Co-chairman of USAHEngage. "If true democratic change is to take place in Iran, a new approach, like the one recommended in this report, would enable the U.S. to pursue that goal more effectively than with the policies in place today."

The current stalemate between the United States and Iran, while emotionally satisfying to some Americans, does not serve overall U.S. interests, according to the report. It hinders the achievement of several key U.S. interests, including regional stability, energy security, and the evolving geopolitical relationships between the United States, China and Russia in the Persian Gulf and Caspian basin, the report stated.

Thinking Beyond the Stalemate offers a five-phase plan of action, which includes the following steps, among others:

Increased dialogue between scholars and former government officials;
Increased interaction between non-governmental organizations;
Commercial and diplomatic engagement;
Low-level government-to-government engagement;
Confidence-Building Military Cooperation.


USAHENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.  For more information on USAHENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USAHENGAGE web site at


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