Summary of Confronting Iran

The Failure Of American Foreign Policy And The Next Great Conflict In The Middle East

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Confronting Iran book summary
What brought the U.S. and Iran eyeball to eyeball?


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This slightly convoluted book provides tremendous background to help advanced readers understand the complex motives and machinations that shape U.S.-Iranian relations. Unfortunately, professor Ali Ansari has a definite point of view that affects his presentation about Iran's stated nuclear threats and terrorist financing, even as he chides the "trigger-happy Americans" in Iraq. He may be right that the U.S. missed several opportunities to reduce tensions with Iran, but he admits that Iran's overtures were oblique and unpopular. His baroque interpretations of Iran's motives and the relationships among its factions is dizzying, and open to question - ultimately adding to Iran's mystery. Despite its biases, getAbstract considers this important for those seeking a comprehensive overview of Iran and its complex U.S. relations. The book goes well beyond any discussion available in the mass media.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Iran's history led to its lack of trust for the West;
  • How the interplay of religious and national factions shape Iran's political structure; and
  • What challenges confront Western nations in dealing with Iran.


A Defiant Nation
Iran has challenged foreign policy experts in every U.S. administration since 1979, when the Iranian Revolution's 444-day hostage standoff cost Jimmy Carter the presidential election and produced the Iran-Contra scandal that tarred Ronald Reagan. These crises produced ...
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About the Author

Ali M. Ansari, Ph.D., teaches modern history at Scotland's University of St. Andrews. He has written numerous books and articles on Middle Eastern history and politics. He is a commentator on Iran on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX and National Public Radio, and has written for the Financial Times, the Independent (London), and many other periodicals.

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