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Engaging Iran: The Rise of a Middle East Powerhouse and America's Strategic Choice

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Iran is poised to re-emerge as the powerhouse of the Middle East in the 21st century. Already taking on massive export and energy diversification projects and working to acquire a nuclear weapons arsenal, Iran is likely to attain the stature of regional power in the coming years, thanks in no small measure to the vacuum created by the chaos in Iraq, which for many years se ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Praeger Security International
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Mario
Apr 15, 2015 Mario rated it liked it
Iran has been all over the news lately. It seems that Obama is only too keen for that nuclear deal with Iran, apparently, in an effort to normalize relations with the Persian nation. The book argues that forging an alliance (or at least a détente) with Iran is in fact the best strategy for the US in the Middle East.

Why Iran? The book offers the following reasons:

1.Iran is a democracy in the making. It is the most notorious example of an autocratic theocracy. Despite that, it remains true that de
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Steven
Aug 08, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very helpful in laying out the myths of perception we in the west have about Iran. This book gives a concise grounding in the history of Iran, as a pawn in great power struggles and the growth and changes in Shi'a and Islamic faith in the region. I believe the grounding is complete enough that explanations of issues around today's geopolitics are easier to understand and judge.

I like the reminder to plan for long term end states desired in any political conflict. This was
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