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Reset by Stephen Kinzer
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Sep 21, 2010

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This book traces US Foreign Policy with the internal dynamics of four countries: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. The primary argument is that our long term interests and common values will draw us closer with Iran and and Turkey over the next 50 year. Regarding Israel, Kinzer argues that due to internal forces, Israel and the Palestinians will be unable to have a peace. Therefore, the international community will need to impose it on them. Basically the same argument that appears in David Ignatius's interviews with Zbig and Snowcroft in "America and the World".

Unfortunately, I thought this book was really light on the Turkish history. Aside from the sections about Atatürk, which were riveting, his history of the last 50 years does not really communicate much. I wanted more about Turkey's relationship with the EU.

For Iran, "All the Shah's Men" is certainly a more important read.

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