Global Security Watch-Iran: A Reference Handbook

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This book explains the foreign policy decisions of Iranian leaders, as well as the foreign policy decisions of its neighbors and major world powers. Iran is not treated primarily as a problem to be dealt with by the United States and its friends. There is an effort to understand not only the concerns and policies of the United States and its allies, but also to understand Iranian concerns and policy. Thus, this book is better able than many others to explain the actions, reactions, and interactions of all the ...

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Overview

This book explains the foreign policy decisions of Iranian leaders, as well as the foreign policy decisions of its neighbors and major world powers. Iran is not treated primarily as a problem to be dealt with by the United States and its friends. There is an effort to understand not only the concerns and policies of the United States and its allies, but also to understand Iranian concerns and policy. Thus, this book is better able than many others to explain the actions, reactions, and interactions of all the relevant actors and to explore the prospects for future war or peace.

Mattair provides a comprehensive analysis of Iran's relations with its neighbors and major world powers. He begins with a review of Iran's foreign relations from the time of Iran's founding in the 5th century B.C. through the Islamic era beginning in the mid-600's A.D., and the native dynasties that ruled in more recent centuries as Iran faced challenges from foreign powers such as the Ottoman Empire and Western colonial empires. The rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, from 1941 until 1979, is analyzed in detail, covering his efforts to deter aggression by the Soviet Union, forge an alliance with the United States, assert Iran's power in the Persian Gulf, and exercise Iran's economic power, particularly through its oil wealth. The bulk of the book, however, focuses on the foreign relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979, during the time in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his successors have ruled. The reasons for Iran's early revolutionary activism, its antagonism toward the United States and Israel, and its war with Iraq from 1980 to 1988, are carefully examined. The reasons for international efforts to contain Iran, particularly efforts by the United States, are also analyzed. Iran's more pragmatic policies are explained, as well, including its close relations with Russia and China, its efforts to repair relations with Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states of the Gulf, its cooperation with U.S. efforts to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and its offer of comprehensive negotiations with the United States in May 2003. Finally, Mattair analyzes the current global debate about whether diplomacy, sanctions, or military action are appropriate responses to Iran's nuclear programs, its role in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, and its resistance to Israel.

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"This volume in the 'Global Security Watch' series makes an excellent attempt to explain the reasoning behind the

foreign policy decisions of the Iranian leadership, and those of its neighbors and major world powers that have

contributed to the current state of affairs…This work is a must read for policy makers, Middle East scholars and

students, and those wishing to have a better understanding of the US's relationship with Iran…Includes biographical profiles, a chronology, glossary, and pertinent documents…Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above in history and political science."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994839
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Global Security Watch Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS R. MATTAIR is an independent scholar based in Washington, D.C. He has published, lectured, and served as a consultant throughout the United States and the Middle East. He has also served in senior positions at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in the United Arab Emirates and at the Middle East Policy Council in Washington. Dr. Mattair began his career as Professor at Kent State University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

1 The History of Iran 1

2 Iran under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 10

3 The Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran 31

4 The World and the Islamic Republic of Iran 58

5 Current Crises Between Iran and Major Powers 88

6 Conclusion 134

App. A Biographies 149

App. B Chronology 167

App. C Documents 169

Glossary 193

Selected Bibliography 197

Index 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Thorough and Thoughtful

    Comprehensive and detailed, yet also an excellent introductory reference. Dr. Mattair's book provides the reader with historical context necessary to draw greater understanding of modern controversy and conflict in Iran and the greater region. Wholeheartedly agree with prior review - a "must read"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    The best presentation I've come across.

    Mattair's book on Iran and U.S. dealings with is the best presentation I've come across. It is factual, clear, concise, and sheds a lot of light on areas that have been strategically kept in the dark.

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