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Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East

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In 2002, George W. Bush famously referred to Iran as a member of the "axis of evil." The fierce rhetoric highlights the persistent antagonism between the two nations. The standoff has taken on renewed urgency with election of hard-line conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's new president and his bold resumption of the country's nuclear program. Will Iran be the next fr ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Basic Books (first published 2006)
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William Young
Excellent analysis of Iranian-American relations. Ali Ansari depicts the difficulties that the United States and Iran has in dealing with each other.
Apr 19, 2009 Pierce rated it really liked it
Brief overview of U.S.-Iranian relations since the mid-19th century, with a focus on the coup in 1953 and Revolution of 1979, and the effects of each on Iranian perceptions of the U.S. and vice-versa.

This is an excellent introduction to U.S.-Iranian relations for anyone who is looking to understand today's events in their historical context without having to devote a full semester to its study. To that end, some detail is sacrificed. For brevity, Ansari spends very little time on Persia's/Iran's
Dec 03, 2008 Justin rated it really liked it
A brief perspective on US-Iranian relations from the perspective a seemingly neutral observer. As someone with much interest but little knowledge in foreign policy, I thought this book provided great insight into the challenges faced and follies committed by both sides. More generally, the book gave me a greater appreciation for the factors that must align for effective diplomacy to take place between two nations (e.g. a well-educated and well-intentioned corps of diplomats, a political faction ...more
Ned Conway
Jan 24, 2008 Ned Conway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great contemporary book on Iran that brings the reader from the time of the Shah to the 1979 revolution to present day. Focus is on US-Iran relations. Very readable but also informative--written by one of the leading scholars on Iran, Ali Ansari. Makes a good case for both the US and Iran significantly misinterpreting/perceiving each other.
Judith Bello
Dec 26, 2007 Judith Bello rated it it was amazing
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An excellent discussion of how we got to where we are with Iran. Also a discussion of Iranian internal politics and the way their nascent democracy functions. What can we do to improve the relationship. I gained a whole new understanding of the Iranian people and political context from this book. Very enllightening.
Sep 23, 2008 nooshisooshi rated it really liked it
Thorough analysis on modern US Iran relations and Iran's relationship with other world powers. Ansari is a known scholar on the subject and weaves many key events/inactions to explain the current situation with Iran.
Mar 07, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing
So far, one of best and balanced books on US-Iran relations I've read.
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