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From the Publisher"This excellent new book, Persian Dreams, offers an exhaustive detailing of the Iran-Russia relationship...it will certainly be the definitive history of the subject until the Iranian side becomes more accessible."
“At last, an answer to both camps in Washington: those who claim that the Russians are against us on Iran, and those who claim they are for us. Parker’s sophisticated analysis shows that Russian policy toward Iran has its own internal dynamic, with a rich and complex history. U.S. policymakers must make of it what they can.”
"Even——perhaps especially——with relations between Moscow and Washington at their lowest point since the Cold War, American policymakers, journalists, businessmen, specialists on nuclear proliferation, and many others want to know what Russia is up to in Iran. This question usually gets posed in an oversimplified form. In John Parker's careful hands, it gets the best-informed, most sophisticated, most thoughtful answer we are likely to have."
“This is an outstanding piece of scholarship, anchored in close analysis of the documentary sources and revealing interviews with former Russian officials. Anyone with a serious interest in contemporary Russian or Iranian foreign relations should read it.”
"With meticulous scholarship, John Parker has written a fascinating account of a relationship important not only for the two countries involved (Russia and Iran) but for all those relying on oil and concerned about the Islamic Republic's foreign adventurism. The detailed research into Russian sources will make Persian Dreams particularly important to those interested in the Middle East who wish to understand how Moscow views Iran."
"The best study we have of a complex, subtle, multifaceted and important relationship. Parker's work is authoritative, judicious and timely."
"Every person seriously concerned over Iran’s nuclear aspirations and role in Middle East politics should read and ponder John Parker’s masterly, thoroughly documented Persian Dreams. Its lucid account of Russian-Iranian interaction since the fall of the Shah provides essential information for those who would make or assess American policy toward both Russia and Iran."