November 21, 2019

To counter Iran, military may be forced into open-ended deployment, study says

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg, Kaleigh Thomas, and Jessica Schwed

Source: NBC News

Journalist Dan De Luce

Tensions between Iran and the United States could force the U.S. military to keep up a costly deployment of troops and hardware in the Middle East for years to come to protect oil shipping and Persian Gulf allies, according to a study released Thursday by a Washington think tank and Columbia University.

The report from the Center for a New American Security and Columbia found that Iran’s ability to affect oil prices by disrupting shipping routes and attacking oil facilities in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere has been overestimated. A dramatic spike in oil prices would occur only if the United States and Iran entered into a full-blown conflict, it said.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...

  • Kaleigh Thomas

    Former Associate Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Kaleigh Thomas is a former Associate Fellow for the Middle East Security Program and 2020 recipient of the 1LT Andrew J. Bacevich Jr., USA Award at CNAS. She also serves as th...

  • Jessica Schwed

    Former Research Contractor, Middle East Security Program

    Jessica Schwed is a former Research Contractor for the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Jessica was heavil...