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Eli Lake

Iran's Resistance Needs a Light Touch, Not 'Maximum Pressure'

Trump could help the democracy movement while hurting the regime.

Will the Iranian people blame the U.S. or the regime's mismanagement?

Will the Iranian people blame the U.S. or the regime's mismanagement?

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Opposing the Iranian regime doesn't have to mean sanctioning its banks and oil.

Just ask Abbas Milani. The director of Stanford University’s Iran studies program cannot be called a squish when it comes to Iran; he has devoted much of his scholarship to the regime’s struggle against modernity and to understanding the country’s democracy movement. As Milani told a small group of reporters this week in Washington, he believes the best U.S. policy today is to encourage a democratic transition.