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

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is 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 expert with ext...

  • Kaleigh Thomas

    Associate Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Kaleigh Thomas is the 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 the cof...

  • 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...