Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States

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Today, Iran constitutes the single greatest challenge to the United States and the War on Terror. In the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, Iranian policymakers are busy cobbling together alliances intended to marginalize the United States and its Coalition allies. Iran remains the world's most active sponsor of terrorism, fueling the activities of Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and insurgents in Iraq. And, through its nuclear advances, Iran is gaining the capability to catastrophically alter the geopolitical balance of power ...
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Overview

Today, Iran constitutes the single greatest challenge to the United States and the War on Terror. In the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, Iranian policymakers are busy cobbling together alliances intended to marginalize the United States and its Coalition allies. Iran remains the world's most active sponsor of terrorism, fueling the activities of Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and insurgents in Iraq. And, through its nuclear advances, Iran is gaining the capability to catastrophically alter the geopolitical balance of power far beyond its immediate neighborhood. As evidence of this threat mounts, one thing remains crystal clear to Ilan Berman: "Washington is woefully unprepared to deal with this mounting peril." Berman's approach is hard-hitting, provocative and unflinchingly critical. Yet he takes the exploration of Iran's menace one step further, providing what has been missing so far in the foreign policy discourse regarding Iran -- practical policy prescriptions designed to contain Iran's strategic ambitions.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times
Mr. Berman's timely book explains both the urgency and the importance of the problem.
— Martin Walker, Editor of United Press International, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute
National Review
Berman makes a strong case for a U.S. policy of regime change; his book deserves serious attention.
— Michael Potemra
Army Magazine
In [Berman's] view there is no better place to continue the President’s campaign in the Middle East than Iran. . . . However one may be attracted or repelled by [this] judgment, many readers are likely to feel enriched by learning what the volume provides on the very real problems of the region.
— Maj. Gen. Edward B. Atkeson, U.S. Army retired
Orange County Register
. . . compelling . . .Anyone interested in the war on terror, and Iran's role in it, should read this thoughtful tome.
— Steven Greenhut
Orlando Sentinel
For those who wonder why Washington is so worried about Iran's nuclear program, Ilan Berman's Tehran Rising is a gripping, timely reminder. . . . [Ilan Berman] has done such a convincing job in portraying the ruthlessness of the current rulers in Tehran . . . If the United States—and indeed, the world—loses, no one can say Berman didn't warn us.
— Paul Owens
The Weekly Standard
Tehran Rising sets forth the serious and imminent threat Iran poses in its own region and to the United States and its allies. ... Most readers will come away convinced not only that the Iranian threat is real, but also that steps must be taken without delay to prevent its nuclear weapons program from reaching maturity.
— Peter Hannaford, senior counselor to the Committee on the Present Danger
Philadelphia Inquirer
Ilan Berman's efficient, fact-packed book ... indicates plenty of reasons why Western diplomacy's sudden stiffening of spine toward Iran may still be too soft, too little and too late.
— Carlin Romano
Washington Times
Mr. Berman's timely book explains both the urgency and the importance of the problem.
— Walker, Martin
The Weekly Standard
Tehran Rising sets forth the serious and imminent threat Iran poses in its own region and to the United States and its allies. ... Most readers will come away convinced not only that the Iranian threat is real, but also that steps must be taken without delay to prevent its nuclear weapons program from reaching maturity.
— Peter Hannaford
AIPAC
Berman convincingly argues that the Iranian regime is pursuing an ambitious strategic agenda that will transform Iran into a regional superpower with the ability to greater threaten the interests of the United States and its allies.
Comparative Strategy
Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States is...a timely and relevant discussion on the subject.
The Honorable R. James Woolsey
Ilan Berman's careful analysis and shrewd policy prescriptions are a welcome antidote to the fuddle that our Iran policy has become: Engage the great Iranian people, not its thugocratic theocracy. Exactly.
The Honorable Newt Gingrich
Ilan Berman has written a powerful and compelling book about the greatest threat facing Israel and one of the greatest threats facing America, the emergence of a nuclear armed Iran. Every serious student of history who wants to understand the threats facing freedom and democracy should study this book.
The Honorable John J. Hamre
Ilan Berman chronicles two decades of listlessness in American policy to Iran. . . . His is a thoughtful assessment of a serious longstanding problem, and merits a careful read.
Congressman Jim Saxton
A probing and insightful examination of Iran's growing threat to stability in the Middle East. Berman's work should be a wake-up call for policymakers in Washington.
National Review - Michael Potemra
Berman makes a strong case for a U.S. policy of regime change; his book deserves serious attention.
Army Magazine - Maj. Gen. Edward B. Atkeson
In [Berman's] view there is no better place to continue the President’s campaign in the Middle East than Iran. . . . However one may be attracted or repelled by [this] judgment, many readers are likely to feel enriched by learning what the volume provides on the very real problems of the region.
Orange County Register - Steven Greenhut
. . . compelling . . .Anyone interested in the war on terror, and Iran's role in it, should read this thoughtful tome.
Orlando Sentinel - Paul Owens
For those who wonder why Washington is so worried about Iran's nuclear program, Ilan Berman's Tehran Rising is a gripping, timely reminder. . . . [Ilan Berman] has done such a convincing job in portraying the ruthlessness of the current rulers in Tehran . . . If the United States—and indeed, the world—loses, no one can say Berman didn't warn us.
The Washington Times - Martin Walker
Mr. Berman's timely book explains both the urgency and the importance of the problem.
James S. Robbins
Ilan Berman has written a useful new book that helps make sense of Iran's ambitions, and the means they are using to try to achieve them. Tehran Rising describes the consequences of the worst-case scenario, an emboldened nuclear-armed Iran establishing regional hegemony and continuing to utilize the cat's paw of terrorist surrogates that it has perfected in over 25 years of state sponsorship.
The Weekly Standard - Peter Hannaford
Tehran Rising sets forth the serious and imminent threat Iran poses in its own region and to the United States and its allies. ... Most readers will come away convinced not only that the Iranian threat is real, but also that steps must be taken without delay to prevent its nuclear weapons program from reaching maturity.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Carlin Romano
Ilan Berman's efficient, fact-packed book ... indicates plenty of reasons why Western diplomacy's sudden stiffening of spine toward Iran may still be too soft, too little and too late.
AIPAC
Berman convincingly argues that the Iranian regime is pursuing an ambitious strategic agenda that will transform Iran into a regional superpower with the ability to greater threaten the interests of the United States and its allies.
Comparative Strategy
Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States is...a timely and relevant discussion on the subject.
The Washington Times
Mr. Berman lays out a thoughtful U.S. strategy for containing Iran diplomatically, by rallying Turkey, Russia, and the Gulf state into greater appreciation of the regional threat Iran represents, while assuring them all of U.S. support.
Weekly Standard
Tehran Rising sets forth the serious and imminent threat Iran poses in its own region and to the United States and its allies. ... Most readers will come away convinced not only that the Iranian threat is real, but also that steps must be taken without delay to prevent its nuclear weapons program from reaching maturity.
— Peter Hannaford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549050
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Berman is one of the rising stars of American foreign policy. As vice president for policy of the Washington-based American Foreign Policy Council, he is a frequent guest on radio and television. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. His writings on international security and American foreign policy have appeared in such influential publications as The National Interest, the International Herald Tribune, and the Financial Times, among others. Berman is adjunct professor for International Law and Global Security at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He also serves as a member of the reconstituted Committee on the Present Danger, and as Editor of the Journal of International Security Affairs. He is also the coeditor (with J. Michael Waller) of Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (2006).
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction: Iran's Ascendance Part 3 Part I: A Gathering Threat Chapter 4 Terror's Source Chapter 5 The Real "Islamic Bomb" Chapter 6 Suddenly a Superpower Chapter 7 The Northern Front Part 8 Part II: Toward an American Response Chapter 9 In Search of a U.S. Approach Chapter 10 The Start of a Strategy Chapter 11 Iranians for Regime Change Part 12 Conclusion: Promise and Peril
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