As the issue of Iran’s quest to become a nuclear-capable state heats up and Tehran threatens to close down the world’s waterway for about a fifth of its oil, it is critical to have alternative proposals based on systematic research before the policy making community in a timely fashion. Given failing engagement with Iran, uncertain effects of sanctions, and problematic military action against Tehran, the IPC focuses on empowering the Iranian people to change their own regime without external military intervention.
Raymond Tanter served at the White House as a Senior Member on the National Security Council staff, from 1981 to 1982. In 1983-1984, he was personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Madrid, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Vienna. In 1967, Tanter was deputy director of behavioral sciences at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and a member of the Civilian Executive Panel, Chief of Naval Operations, 1980-1981.
In 2005, Tanter helped found the Iran Policy Committee and serves as its President. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Present Danger.
Professor Tanter teaches courses on terrorism and weapons proliferation at Georgetown University. He is adjunct scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and was scholar-in residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington. He researched U.S. policy options regarding Iran at both think tanks. After receiving a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1964, Professor Tanter taught at Northwestern, Stanford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Michigan.
Professor Tanter was a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, and a Fulbright scholar, at the University of Amsterdam. In 1975, Tanter spent a month as scholar-in-residence at the American Embassy, in Tokyo, where he lectured on petroleum-interruption scenarios, with special reference to the Middle East.
Among Tanter’s book publications is Rogue Regimes, 1997; revised edition, 1999. Coauthored books include: Appeasing the Ayatollahs and Suppressing Democracy (2006); What Makes Tehran Tick, 2006; Baghdad Ablaze (2007); President Obama and Iraq (2009); President Obama and Iran (2010); and Terror Tagging (2011).