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A compact, user-friendly handbook for U.S. policymakers interested in understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran. It synthesizes existing analyses on Iran and draws from non-American experts with a different interpretive lens for viewing the seemingly opaque Iranian system. It provides short analytic observations about the processes, institutions, networks, and actors that define Iran's politics, strategy, economic policy, and diplomacy.
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Understanding Iran

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Overview


A compact, user-friendly handbook for U.S. policymakers interested in understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran. It synthesizes existing analyses on Iran and draws from non-American experts with a different interpretive lens for viewing the seemingly opaque Iranian system. It provides short analytic observations about the processes, institutions, networks, and actors that define Iran's politics, strategy, economic policy, and diplomacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833046772
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/9/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jerrold D. Green (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Middle East politics, sociopolitical change in developing countries, terrorism and political violence, and Mediterranean security..

Charles Wolf, Jr. (Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University), founding Dean of the RAND Graduate School, is a senior economic adviser and corporate fellow in international economics at RAND and professor in the RAND Graduate School. From 1967 until June 1981, he was head of RAND's Economics Department, and thereafter was director of RAND research in international economics. Dr. Wolf is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a director of Capital Income Builder Fund, Inc. and Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. He is a member of the advisory boards of the UCLA Management School's Center for International Business Education and Research, the Independent Institute, the journal Society, and the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis. Dr. Wolf has served with the Department of State, and has taught at Cornell, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal articles and two dozen books including Markets or Governments: Choosing Between Imperfect Alternatives (MIT Press, 1993), Asian Economic Trends and Their Security Implications (RAND, 2000), China, the United States and the Global Economy, (RAND, 2001), and European Military Prospects, Economic Constraints, and the Rapid Reaction Force (RAND, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 Features of the Iranian system 5

Ch. 3 Conclusion : Iran is unlike other countries but hardly beyond understanding 47

App. A Workshop agenda 49

App. B Workshop papers 51

App. C Biographies of workshop participants 129

References 141

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