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The US-Iran Crisis and the Perils of Complacency

Authors Elizabeth Olsson
Published in School of Blogal Studies
Publication year 2020
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Language en
Keywords #Iran, #Soleimani, #USIranCrisis, #Trump, #UnitedStates, #assassination, #retaliation, #missileattack, #Iraq, #AinalAssadairbase, #Erbil, #flight752, #internationallaw
Subject categories Other Social Sciences


The world uttered a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday when Iranian missile attacks targeting US military personnel resulted in no casualties, and the US government decided against retaliation. While the launch of ballistic missiles against a US military target was nothing short of unprecedented, the fact that attacks did not result in either the death or injury of US citizens effectively diffused escalating tensions between the US and Iran. In strategic terms, the events on Wednesday provided both governments with a welcome alternative to war. Or did they? Given the shocking cause of the most recent crisis— the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani ordered by US President Trump— the tense and often violent relationship between the US and Iran, and the stunning capabilities of the Iranian military, Iran’s mild retaliatory response is nothing short of baffling. And, more importantly, the world still has great cause for concern over the future actions of two countries who remain on the brink of war.

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