Summary of Treacherous Alliance

The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the U.S.

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Treacherous Alliance book summary
A fascinating account of the complex, serpentine motives that drive relations among the U.S., Iran and Israel.


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This is an exceptional look inside a diplomatic house of mirrors: the ongoing evolution of relationships among Iran, Israel and the U.S., and where their motives, rhetoric, realpolitik and military power converge. Trita Parsi’s sophisticated analysis of this complex, high-stakes, long-standing triad presents many surprises, perhaps even to those who think they know the inner workings of the Middle East and U.S. diplomacy. Parsi offers an advanced understanding of complicated modern diplomacy and insights about the future. His real expertise emerges in both history and analysis, though it is hard to know if his role as president of the National Iranian American Council may be a factor in his opinions. getAbstract advocates his book to anyone who wants to comprehend the doctrines and strategies behind Iran’s relations with the U.S. and Israel.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Israeli-Iranian conflict started
  • What forces still feed it
  • What role the U.S. is taking in this regional dispute
  • How the U.S., Iran and Israel have used each other to gain political domination in the Middle East


Rhetoric and Realpolitik
The tension between Israel and Iran began after the Cold War and has become increasingly complex. Both parties frame the conflict as an ideological clash. Israel sees Iran as a radical, Islamic fundamentalist state that cannot responsibly manage nuclear materials...
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About the Author

Trita Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He writes frequently about the Middle East and appears often on television as a news analyst.

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