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DEBATE: Is the Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Working?

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Is the Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Working?

The targeted killing of General Qassim Suleimani sent shockwaves around the world and sparked staunch debate about the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign. Supporters argue that this strategy, which includes leaving the JCPOA and imposing harsh economic sanctions, will safeguard American interests, quell Tehran's human rights abuses, and halt the state's support of terrorist networks. But opponents see "maximum pressure" as dangerously misguided. They argue that abandoning the hard-fought JCPOA and undermining the Iranian economy has promoted violence, isolated allies, and fueled anti-American sentiment. Is the maximum pressure campaign against Iran working?

 

MOTION

The Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Is Working

 

FOR THE MOTION

Victor Davis Hanson, Military Historian & Author, The Case for Trump:“[Iran] always will interpret outreach not as magnanimity to be reciprocated, but as weakness to be always exploited.”

H. R. McMaster, Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army & Former National Security Advisor: “Conciliatory approaches have consistently failed to end the regime's hostility.”

 

AGAINST THE MOTION

Martha Crenshaw, Terrorism Studies Expert & Author, Explaining Terrorism: “We’re inflicting pain, but there isn’t any gain.”

Abbas Milani, Iran Scholar & Co-Director, Iran Democracy Project: “The Iranian people are the victims of this regime. They should not be held hostage.”