The United States withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the wave of sanctions applied by the Trump administration on Iran’s lagging economy and constant anti-American, threatening rhetoric by Iranian high-ranking government officials have exacerbated highly-sensitive U.S.-Iran relations.
The recent downing of a U.S. drone by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the attacks on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman, which prompted the U.S. Navy to send the destroyer USS Bainbridge and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf to the area, have dragged these countries to the brink of war — Iran and the U.S. boast two of the most powerful militaries in the world.
As the drums of war rumble in the Strait of Hormuz, a cyberattack launched in June by the U.S. Cyber Command on Iranian weapons systems is the latest retaliatory measure aimed at weakening Iran’s military might.
In July, Iran, in a pragmatic maneuver that will move this country closer to obtaining an atomic bomb, breached the limits on uranium enrichment set by the Iran Nuclear Deal, a deal that was specifically structured to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
The escalation of this impasse is imminent, unless a tactical nation like the United Kingdom — a natural ally of the U.S. and a cordial partner of Iran—foments a pacific solution to avert an armed conflict between these military powerhouses.
Known for its high-performing, far-reaching diplomatic service; its proven track record at promoting peace and security; and its cordial diplomatic relations with most aligned and non-aligned countries, the U.K. is the strategic country to mediate between the U.S. and Iran, countries that do not hold diplomatic relations.
The United Nations a platform in which the U.K. has a central role as a Permanent Five member of the Security Council, is the ideal mechanism to start a dialogue between Washington and Tehran.
The United Kingdom accounts with seasoned diplomats at the U.N., such as Ambassador Karen Pierce, who possess the geopolitical acumen, the interpersonal tact, and the negotiation expertise required to spark constructive, conciliatory talks aimed at bringing this impasse to a halt.
The Iran-U.S. current showdown has captured the world’s attention, but this is not the only issue currently threatening the international order.
The technological and tariffs wars between Beijing and Washington and constant espionage activities by Chinese Intelligence targeted at the U.S. governmental apparatus have lacerated the bilateral relations between these hegemons.
The situation in the South China Sea, in which China and the U.S. have had strong disagreements due to the Sea's territorial complexities and disputes, can rapidly escalate into armed conflict.
Russia, the only country in the world with the military might capable of wiping the United States off the face of the earth, meddled in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections and has consistently launched cyberattacks against the U.S. national security apparatus and infrastructure.
Recently, four Russian bombers and two Su-35 fighter jets entered Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone, generating friction between the two most powerful nuclear countries on the planet.
As the U.K. exits (Brexit) the European Union, it is vital that it continues to exercise its role as global leader and envoy for dialogue and negotiation in the diplomatic sphere.
The U.K. must promote security and peace talks, while drawing a red line on issues that threaten the international order.
In key platforms like the U.N., the World Economic Forum, and the G7 and G20 summits, the U.K. must remain keen, strong, versatile and flexible. Bilaterally, the U.K. must focus on taking its relationship with the U.S. to the next level by increasing interdependence, security, trade and cooperation, simultaneously filling the void that Brexit will create.
At this critical juncture, the relations between the U.K. and the U.S. are as invaluable as ever: for the U.K., they represent a strong ally in strenuous times; for the U.S, they represent an indispensable link between Washington and complex, unpredictable nations like Iran, China and Russia.
Ramon Collado holds a graduate degree from New York University's Center for Global Affairs. Collado has contributed to Forbes, The Hill, The Jerusalem Post, The Miami Herald, El Dia, and other major news sources. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.
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