The United States And Iran

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Relations between Iran and the US have been strained for over 30 years. The US frequently seems either unwilling or unable to develop policies that may alleviate the problems. Cook and Roshandel provide unbiased discussions of key issues such as: the historical relations between the US and Iran; modern Iranian Government; the impacts the US and Iran have on Middle East security; Iranian support for organizations the US calls terrorists; and the Iranian nuclear program. The authors then identify a wide range of ...

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Overview

Relations between Iran and the US have been strained for over 30 years. The US frequently seems either unwilling or unable to develop policies that may alleviate the problems. Cook and Roshandel provide unbiased discussions of key issues such as: the historical relations between the US and Iran; modern Iranian Government; the impacts the US and Iran have on Middle East security; Iranian support for organizations the US calls terrorists; and the Iranian nuclear program. The authors then identify a wide range of possible US policy solutions and select the one(s) that offers the best chance to improve relations.

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“Iran-US relations are again at the center of international affairs. . . Navigating this polemical dispute, Cook and Roshandel. . . succeed in providing a basic primer, and unbiased account of both sides’ concerns, and a set of policy proposals for the US. Their modest book will be useful in the study of Iranian-US relations, as it quickly brings novices up to speed on the issues as of early 2009. . . Another value of the book is its evenhandedness in explaining the views of both sides. Summary: Highly recommended.”—CHOICE

"Many discussions of U.S. policy towards Iran have very little to say about Iranian politics and neglect the critical question of how the Iranian government and people view their long and difficult relations with the United States. Cook and Roshandel have made a valuable contribution by bringing the Iranian point of view into the conversation.  Whether you agree or not with their policy ideas, their effort to help us see the world through Iranian eyes is something that all of us can value."—Tim McKeown, Professor of Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“This compact book provides a clear survey of the outstanding issues between the United States and Iran and lays out a set of policy choices and recommendations for consideration by the new administration in Washington. For anyone interested in the subject of U.S.-Iran relations, this is a good place to begin.”—Gary G. Sick, Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University, and former security advisor to President Carter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230618114
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethia H. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Assistant Director of the Security Studies Program at East Carolina University. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She has published articles and participated in studies for government agencies on security-related topics including nuclear and radiological terrorism, pandemic disease, and emergency response to terrorism.

Jalil Roshandel is Associate Professor and Director of Security Studies program at Political Science Department, East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science, at the Universitè des Science Sociales, Toulouse I, France, and was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Tehran-Iran. His most recent book “Jihad and International Security (Co-authored by Sharon Chadha), was published by Palgrave in 2006. He has extensively published papers and articles about Iranian nuclear program and other major international security subjects.

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Table of Contents

Iran / US Political History
• Modern Iranian Politics
• Iran, the US, and Middle East Stability
• Iran: State Sponsor of Terror?
• Iran and Nuclear Power (or Weapons?)
• Toward a More Comprehensive US Foreign Policy for Iran

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