Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East

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Overview

Iran refuses to relent in developing nuclear technology, despite U.N. sanctions. Rumors persist that Israel is drawing up plans for military strikes. Neither the emboldened Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nor the embattled President Bush has relented in his war of words. How did we get here? Iran expert Ali Ansari sets the current crisis in the context of a long history of mutual antagonism. From the overthrow of Mosaddeq in 1953 to the hostage crisis in 1979 and, more recently, the Gulf War and the War in Iraq, both Iranian and American politicians have forged conflicting narratives about an “evil empire” lying half a world away-resulting in a mutual mistrust that may ultimately lead to war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465003518
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,246,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ali M. Ansari is a highly regarded specialist in the field of Iranian history and politics. Currently a member of the Modern History faculty at the University of St. Andrews, he holds a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He has written for periodicals, including the Financial Times and the Independent (London). This is his third book. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

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Table of Contents


Chronology     ix
Introduction     1
Imperial Hubris     7
1953     19
1979     55
The United States and the Islamic Republic     93
Khatami and the Reform Movement     147
Iran-US Relations in the Shadow of 9/11     165
Nuclear Politics     197
Conclusion     233
Afterword     243
Acknowledgments     257
Notes     259
Glossary     275
Sources and Guide to Further Reading     278
Index     281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

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    This slightly convoluted book provides tremendous background to help advanced readers understand the complex motives and machinations that shape U.S.-Iranian relations. Unfortunately, professor Ali Ansari has a definite point of view that affects his presentation about Iran¿s stated nuclear threats and terrorist financing, even as he chides the 'trigger-happy Americans' in Iraq. He may be right that the U.S. missed several opportunities to reduce tensions with Iran, but he admits that Iran¿s overtures were oblique and unpopular. His baroque interpretations of Iran¿s motives and the relationships among its factions is dizzying, and open to question - ultimately adding to Iran¿s mystery. Despite its biases, we consider this important for those seeking a comprehensive overview of Iran and its complex U.S. relations. The book goes well beyond any discussion available in the mass media.

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