Science Diplomacy with Iran – A Common Language for the Farsiable Future
Submission to the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2017. This paper was originally prepared for Course POST 201 (Spring 2015): Baker Institute Introduction to Public Policy, given by Professor Allen Matusow, Department of History.
U.S. – Iran relations have been notoriously tense in the foreign policy arena, especially as portrayed in the media. Traditional diplomacy and hard power tactics have proven to be unpredictable and ineffective when it comes to the American dynamics with Iran, necessitating a new approach to diplomacy. Science diplomacy proves to be a viable alternative to conventional methods, given strong research bases in both countries that stand to benefit from one another. Specifically, vaccine diplomacy, especially with respect to leishmania, could bridge the large political abyss between the U.S. and Iran and pave the way toward a renormalization of political relations.
Political Science; Public Policy