Executive Vice President, the Brookings Institution
Martin Indyk is vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, and special assistant to the President and senior director for near east and south asia at the National Security Council.
As the Obama administration ramps up the sanctions pressure on Iran to accept meaningful curbs on its nuclear program, it is following a strategy of coercive diplomacy that has a fundamental design flaw. Consequently, President Obama is in danger of achieving the opposite of his intention: Iran may well decide that rather than negotiate a compromise, its best choice is actually to cross the nuclear weapons threshold, with fateful consequences for all.