The Iran Nuclear Deal

Bombs, Bureaucrats, and Billionaires

Author: Dennis C. Jett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319598228

Category: Political Science

Page: 481

View: 8718

This book examines attempts to influence the outcome of the negotiations between Iran and the United States over Iran’s nuclear capabilities. In particular, it focuses on struggles within the United States around public and congressional opinion with regard to the accord. Trying to prevent a successful outcome to the talks became a cottage industry in Washington, with the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson being just one of those who were pouring millions of dollars into the effort. On the pro-diplomacy side, there were a wide range of religious, peace, and arms control groups with some financial support coming from the Ploughshares Fund trying to create the space for a negotiated agreement. The tactics of both sides of the debate are described and analyzed to show how a contentious foreign policy issue can become not just a decision for high-level government decision makers, but a wide-ranging fight that involves scores of nongovernmental organizations, the media, and thousands of activists.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

What You Do Not Know about the Deal

Author: Michael C. Enwerem

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517531942


Page: 146

View: 1446

The Iran Nuclear Deal has indeed caused so many controversies, political headline and public concern. This is evidently shown by the political dealings by some countries about the deal notably the US and Israel. Similarly the issue of public skepticism, reaction and concern on the deal has been very widely publicized. All around the world so many people are very weary and confused by all the controversies and tension regarding this deal, but indeed only but a few people are truly aware of the reasons and truths behind the deal. This book explains in detail about every fact and truth about this historical deal and indeed tells you what you do not know about the deal.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Author: Michael Melvin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522740582


Page: 142

View: 4978

"The US secretary of States John Kerry directly asked Iranian foreign minister Mahammad Havad Zarif to comfirm that he was authorised to actually make a deal not just by the Iranian president but by the supreme leader? Zarif assured that he was and on the 14 July 2015, all parties agreed to a landmark comprehensive nuclear agreement" The Iran Nuclear Deal has indeed caused so many controversies, political headline and public concern. This is evidently shown by all the political dealings and grievance by some countries about the deal notably, the US and Israel. Similarly the issue of public skepticism, reactions and concerns about the deal has indeed been very widely publicized. All around the world so many people are very weary and confused by all the controversies and tension regarding this deal, but indeed only few people are truly aware of the reasons and truths behind the deal. The doctor does does a good work here, by not only factually hylighting the documents of the deal, but also analysing and summarising the deal in a more common perspective. This book explains in details every fact and truth about this historical deal, and indeed tells you what you do not know about the deal.

Nuclear Iran

Author: Jeremy Bernstein

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 067474456X

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 743

This succinct book is timely reading for anyone who wishes to understand the maze of science and secrecy at the heart of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Writing for the general reader, Jeremy Bernstein draws on his knowledge as a physicist to elucidate the scientific principles and technical hurdles involved in creating nuclear reactors and bombs.

The Case Against the Iran Deal

How Can We Now Stop Iran from Getting Nukes?

Author: Alan Dershowitz

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 0795347545

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

View: 3061

The greatest danger the world faces in the twenty-first century is an Iranian nuclear arsenal. That is why decisions regarding Iran’s nuclear program may be the most important of our time. The negotiations that led to this bad deal were deeply flawed. But it doesn’t follow that the deal should be rejected by Congress. If the President is right that rejecting this deal will be worse than accepting, then he has put us in the terrible position of choosing between bad and worse. In The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Now Stop Iran From Getting Nukes?, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz evaluates the pros and cons of the Iran nuclear agreement. He asks the fundamental questions about what the deal means, how it will be implemented, and whether we now have the capacity to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As a lawyer with decades of negotiation experience, and a regular commentator on Middle Eastern politics, Dershowitz explains how we could have gotten a better deal, and offers a unique analysis of the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran and the implications of a deal for Israel, the Middle East, and the global community. It is a call for both intelligent reflection and for determined action to stop Iran from getting the bomb.The clock is ticking. We must find ways to repair the damage this deal threatens to do. This book proposes solutions along with its constructive criticism.

Europe and Iran

The Nuclear Deal and Beyond

Author: Cornelius Adebahr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315513277

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 1487

The EU’s approach to Iran has emerged as one of the few successes of European foreign policy. Still, its role in international negotiations from 2003, as much as its broader approach to Iran, are generally poorly appreciated by policy-makers in Europe, the United States, and around the world. This book aims to explain the specifics of the EU’s approach to Iran, taking into account both the complexity of European foreign policy, in particular within transatlantic relations, and Iran’s (aspired) place in the international order. It informs the reader about the special negotiation format that included a number of world powers as well as multilateral bodies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Security Council. Furthermore, it provides an outlook on European post-nuclear deal strategies and offers conclusions on the effectiveness of Europe’s multilateral approach to foreign policy. By looking at the EU’s diplomatic activities towards Iran over more than a decade, the book focuses on Europe’s actorness in international politics. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners involved or interested in the European Union, Iran, U.S. foreign policy as well as Foreign and Security policy, including sanctions policy, and more broadly to European Politics, Middle East studies and international relations.

Losing an Enemy

Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

Author: Trita Parsi

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300218168

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 4513

The definitive book on Obama's historic nuclear deal with Iran from the author of the Foreign Affairs Best Book on the Middle East in 2012 This timely book focuses on President Obama's deeply considered strategy toward Iran's nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts. The deal accomplished two major feats in one stroke: it averted the threat of war with Iran and prevented the possibility of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Trita Parsi, a Middle East foreign policy expert who advised the Obama White House throughout the talks and had access to decision-makers and diplomats on the U.S. and Iranian sides alike, examines every facet of a triumph that could become as important and consequential as Nixon's rapprochement with China. Drawing from more than seventy-five in-depth interviews with key decision-makers, including Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, this is the first authoritative account of President Obama's signature foreign policy achievement.

The Iran Wars

Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

Author: Jay Solomon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812993659

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 6056

From the Wall Street Journal reporter who’s been breaking news on the historic and potentially disastrous Iran nuclear deal comes a deeply reported exploration of the country’s decades-long power struggle with the United States—for readers of Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars and Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower For more than a decade, the United States has been engaged in a war with Iran as momentous as any other in the Middle East—a war all the more significant as it has largely been hidden from public view. Through a combination of economic sanctions, global diplomacy, and intelligence work, successive U.S. administrations have struggled to contain Iran’s aspirations to become a nuclear power and dominate the region—what many view as the most serious threat to peace in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Iran has used regional instability to its advantage to undermine America’s interests. The Iran Wars is an absorbing account of a battle waged on many levels—military, financial, and covert. Jay Solomon’s book is the product of extensive in-depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict—from high-ranking Iranian officials to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team. With a reporter’s masterly investigative eye and the narrative dexterity of a great historian, Solomon shows how Iran’s nuclear development went unnoticed for years by the international community only to become its top security concern. He catalogs the blunders of both the Bush and Obama administrations as they grappled with how to engage Iran, producing a series of both carrots and sticks. And he takes us inside the hotel suites where the 2015 nuclear agreement was negotiated, offering a frank assessment of the uncertain future of the U.S.-Iran relationship. This is a book rife with revelations, from the secret communications between the Obama administration and the Iranian government to dispatches from the front lines of the new field of financial warfare. For readers of Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars and Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower, The Iran Wars exposes the hidden history of a conflict most Americans don’t even realize is being fought, but whose outcome could have far-reaching geopolitical implications. Praise for The Iran Wars “The use of the word ‘wars,’ plural, in the title of this illuminating book tells the story: U.S.-Iranian relations have been troubled for many years. This deeply researched account of negotiations and their implications makes an important contribution to understanding the short- and long-term consequences of how we manage this difficult relationship.”—George P. Shultz, former secretary of state “An illuminating, deeply reported account from one of the best journalists writing about the Middle East today. Jay Solomon’s The Iran Wars offers a front-row view of the spy games, assassinations, political intrigue and high-stakes diplomacy that have defined relations with one of America’s most cunning and dangerous foes.”—Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS “A thorough yet concise survey of Iran’s buildup of nuclear technology since the 1980s, its troubling exporting of Shiite insurgency in countries around it, and the changing American reaction. Wall Street Journal chief foreign affairs correspondent [Jay] Solomon offers an evenhanded look at the backdoor schemes involving the building of Iran’s nuclear weapons and the world players involved in and against its machinations.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) From the Hardcover edition.


Donald Trump and the Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Author: Scott Ritter

Publisher: Clarity Press

ISBN: 9780999874752

Category: Political Science

Page: 302

View: 7612

The Iran deal was a crowning moment of international diplomacy, allowing the world to step away from the edge of a self-created abyss. Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from this agreement threatens to return the world to that precipice. Dealbreaker recounts how this deal was made, why it was broken, and what the consequences of that action could be. When the United States made the decision in the 1980s to deny Iran access to nuclear technology, Iran was forced to turn to the black market to get the material, technology and know-how required to meet its needs for nuclear power generation, inclusive of the ability to indigenously produce nuclear fuel. The revelation of Iran's secret nuclear program in 2002 set in motion a battle of wills between the Iranians, who viewed nuclear power as their inherent right, and the international community as defined by the United States, Israel and Europe, who feared the proliferation implications of allowing Iran access to technology that could be used to make a nuclear weapon. The United States and Israel pulled no punches, using diplomatic pressure to impose crippling economic sanctions, and cover activities to sow disinformation, sabotage equipment and murder Iranian nuclear scientists in an effort to stop the Iranian nuclear program from going forward. Iran prevailed, confronting the United States with the choice of either going to war, or accepting the reality of an Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear deal was the result. But the deal had an Achilles heel--the disinformation campaign waged by the United States and Israel to paint the Iranian program as military in nature left a residue of uncertainty and fear that detractors of the deal used to attack it as little more than a sham. Donald Trump decried the Iranian nuclear deal as a "failed agreement" and promised to tear it up if elected. Proving true to his word, Trump pulled America out of the Iranian nuclear deal on May 12, 2018. Dealabreaker explores the nuances of the Iranian nuclear program, exposing the duplicity and hypocrisy of American diplomacy, supported by Israel and abetted by Europe, that led to the need for the Iranian nuclear deal, and eventually caused the demise of an agreement that was simultaneously "the deal of the century" and "fatally flawed."


The Nuclear Challenge

Author: Elliott Abrams,Robert D. Blackwill,Robert M. Danin,Richard A. Falkenrath,Matthew Kroenig,Meghan L. O'Sullivan,Ray Takeyh

Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations

ISBN: 0876095368

Category: Political Science

Page: 90

View: 5172

Iran: The Nuclear Challenge maps the objectives, tools, and strategies for dealing with one of the most vexing issues facing the United States and global community today. The book brings together leading experts-CFR's Elliott Abrams, Robert D. Blackwill, Robert M. Danin, Richard A. Falkenrath, Matthew Kroenig, Meghan L. O'Sullivan, and Ray Takeyh-on the issues and contingencies surrounding Iran's nuclear program, including sanctions, negotiations, U.S. and Israeli military options, regime change, and how to deal with a latent or actual Iranian nuclear weapons capability. This volume presents one of the clearest pictures of Iran's nuclear program to date, along with the various policy options available to the United States and others and their potential consequences.

Deal of the Century

How Iran Blocked the West's Road to War

Author: Scott Ritter

Publisher: Clarity Press

ISBN: 9780997896503


Page: 302

View: 583

The story of the Iranian nuclear agreement, as told in the West, is a classic narrative of good versus evil, where a recalcitrant Iran is driven to the negotiating table by crippling economic sanctions imposed by a international coalition led by the United States, and then compelled to surrender its nefarious designs for a nuclear weapon in the face of steely American negotiators. The reality is far different. Deal of the Century tells this story from the perspective of the Iranians, and in doing so takes the reader on a journey into a world seldom seen, and little understood, in the West. Iranian motives behind the nuclear negotiations are explored in depth, and the truth behind Iran s nuclear ambition is revealed, and explained. In the end, Iran concluded a nuclear agreement that saw it give up nothing (its core demand that Iran be permitted to possess an indigenous uranium enrichment capability remained unchanged from 2002 until 2015) while overcoming American-led opposition founded more on fiction than fact. Key Iranian personalities, such as Supreme Leader Khamenei, President Rouhani, Foreign Minister Zarif, and Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larjani, are brought to life in the text in a manner that belies the simplistic cartoon-like characterizations that more often than not appear in the West. Likewise, the author helps put into context the complex, Byzantine-like structures of Iranian theocratic governance in a manner that brings clarity to a system little understood in the West. The reader is exposed to the curious blend of religious zealotry and strict adherence to constitutional law that defines Iran s ruling system, especially as it is intertwined with the harsh realities of domestic Iranian politics and regional hostility from Israel and Iran s Gulf Arab neighbors, all of which influenced the pace and substance of Iran s nuclear negotiating position far more than any outside pressure brought to bear by the West. The author makes extensive use of Iranian sources and interviews to tell a story rich in detail, possessing both current and historical context, and which brings to life the other side of the story of the nuclear agreement, largely unknown in the West. Deal of the Century presents a counter-narrative where Iran actually does the world a service by charting a course out of the treacherous shoals of Western- induced fear and mistrust, and leading the negotiations onto a path that provides a meaningful chance for peace."

Nuclear Iran

The Birth of an Atomic State

Author: David Patrikarakos

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780761252

Category: History

Page: 340

View: 5200

An in-depth analysis of Iran's nuclear program and its implications for the rest of the world traces the parallels between the country's nuclear development and its modern history.

Not for the Faint of Heart

Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

Author: Wendy R. Sherman

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1568588151

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 4334

Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Wendy Sherman brings readers inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values like courage, power, and persistence to work in their own lives. Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Iran nuclear deal and throughout her distinguished career, Wendy Sherman has amassed tremendous expertise in the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time. Throughout her life-from growing up in civil-rights-era Baltimore, to stints as a social worker, campaign manager, and business owner, to advising multiple presidents-she has relied on values that have shaped her approach to work and leadership: authenticity, effective use of power and persistence, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team. Not for the Faint of Heart takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators-often the only woman in the room. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.

Iran Nuclear Accord and the Remaking of the Middle East

Author: Nader Entessar,Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442271280

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

View: 9345

Entessar & Afrasiabi’s Iran Nuclear Negotiations (Rowman & Littlefied, October 2015) offered a thorough analysis of the negotiation process between Iran and the 5+1 great powers about its nuclear program. This book essentially builds upon it, focusing this time on the final nuclear agreement, the ensuing debates around it, and its global and regional ramifications especially in the Middle East. The first section analyzes the agreement through the prism of international relations theories, using a constructivist-critical theory approach. This is followed by an overview of the intense debates in Iran, the West, and other parts of the world, on the nuclear agreement and its various pros and cons, not to mention the connected, yet separate Iran-IAEA agreement. The second section covers Iran’s foreign policy and its various priorities, looking in particular at the impact of the nuclear deal on the country’s external relations and orientations, contextualized in terms of pre-existing issues and concerns and the profound influence of the nuclear agreement on the perceptions of Iranian power in the region and beyond. Iran’s relations with its Arab, Turkish, Russian, and other neighbors are discussed, focusing on both the direct and indirect impact of the nuclear agreement on these relations, especially the paradoxical implications of the nuclear deal with respect to the non-nuclear crises in the Middle East, such as the Syria-Iraq crisis, and the re-alignments that have put Iran at the crossroads of East and West. Other issues covered include energy security, regional economic cooperation, the endemic sectarianism highlighted by Iran-Saudi competition, and the deadlock on the Middle East peace process. The third section then examines the issue of a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone and the likely consequences of the Iran nuclear deal on this prospect, which, in turn, raises the issue of regional proliferation and counterproliferation. The last section explores some possible various scenarios and the challenges of implementation as a relatively long-term agreement, providing specific policy recommendations for the regional actors and the external powers that are stakeholders in the volatile Middle East.

Us-iran Nuclear Deal

Power Dynamics for Iran and Saudi Arabia

Author: Sajid Mahmood Khan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986109284


Page: 140

View: 1648

The US-Iran nuclear deal is an outcome of international efforts to overcome an enduring chaotic situation that had seriously been affecting peace and security not only in the Middle Eastern region but also the world. The US-Iran nuclear deal earned the credit of being an exceptional diplomatic achievement on part of the Obama administration; however, on the other hand, this deal has also raised serious concerns among the US allies in the Middle Eastern region. Middle Eastern Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia perceived the US-Iran nuclear deal as a threat to the regional security and prevailing balance of power. To be more specific, Saudi Arabia has serious concerns over this deal as it considers the US-Iran nuclear deal will unfold many opportunities for Iran including economic, political and military. The alleged proxies sponsorship by Iran in the Middle Eastern region, particularly the Hezbollah and other Shiite militant groups, pose threat to the Saudi Arabia and its allies' interests. This studies is an attempt to investigate the effect of the US-Iran nuclear deal on regional status-quo and the prevalent balance of power in the region. This study also investigates any possibility for future conflict or peace process and confrontation between Iran and the Saudi Arabia following the US-Iran nuclear deal.

Inside Iran

The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Author: Medea Benjamin

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 9781944869656

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 9208

U.S. relations with Iran have been fraught for decades, but under the Trump Administration tensions are rising to startling levels. Medea Benjamin, one of the best-known 21st century activists, offers the incredible history of how a probable alliance became a bitter antagonism in this accessible and fascinating story. In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a full-scale theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East's second largest country, with. The rule of the ayatollahs opened the door to Islamic fundamentalism. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism over nations like Saudi Arabia, whose appalling human rights violations fail to depose it as one of America's closest allies in the Middle East? In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting the country's history from the pre-colonial period to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike can unite in denouncing. Benjamin has traveled several times to Iran, and uses her firsthand experiences with politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society. Tackling common misconceptions about Iran's system of government, its religiosity, and its citizens' way of life, Benjamin makes short work of the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations' future.

Iran’s Nuclear Program

A Study in Proliferation and Rollback

Author: Farhad Rezaei

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319441205

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 480

This book presents the first full and systematic account of Iran’s nuclear program from 1979 to 2015. Throughout this time, foreign policy makers, intelligence experts, and scholars on the subject have repeatedly failed to understand the internal dynamics behind Iran's nuclear project and have underestimated the depth of the regime’s commitment to develop nuclear weapons. The author presents an account of little-understood episodes in the history of the nuclear project, including an analysis of the decision making process of the “nuclear sanctum.” A full account is given of the organizations that ran the project and a listing of the suppliers that made the project possible. Finally, the book offers a detailed analysis of the international sanctions placed on Iran, including the induced anomie and legitimacy crisis which expedited the decision to rollback.

The United States and Iran

Sanctions, Wars and the Policy of Dual Containment

Author: Sasan Fayazmanesh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135976864

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 6278

When and why did the United States policy of containment of Iran come about? How did it evolve? Where is it going? Much has been said about the US policy of dual containment, particularly as it pertains to Iraq. However, there has been little in-depth analysis of this policy when it comes to Iran. Sasan Fayazmanesh explores this often neglected subject by analyzing the history of this policy. The analysis includes the role that the Carter and Reagan Administrations played in the Iran-Iraq war, the numerous sanctions imposed on Iran by the Clinton Administration and the aggressive and confrontational policy toward Iran adopted by the George W. Bush Administration after the events of September 11, 2001. This topical read synthesises a range of primary sources, including firsthand reports, newspaper articles and electronic media, and presents a coherent analysis of the ebbs and flows in the US thinking on Iran and Iraq.

Sanctioning Iran

Anatomy of a Failed Policy

Author: Hossein Alikhani

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857716646

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 7107

SANCTIONING IRAN examines the past, present and future of US sanctions policy against Iran. Sanctions have become an increasingly important plank in US foreign policy: according to Richard Cheney, former US Secretary of Defense, over 70 countries, and two-thirds of the world’s population, now come under their influence. Hossein Alikhani details the process by which the noose has steadily tightened on US-Iran trade since the overthrow of the Shah and the hostage crisis of 1979-80. The sanctions have remained unilateral, and the inevitable effect has been that non-US companies - mainly Western European - have simply taken on the business the Americans were forced to give up. Washington’s response to this was an attempt to impose, extraterritorially, US legislation on third-country ‘sanction breakers’. But outcry from allies which the US could not afford to alienate made this approach untenable. Official US hostility to the regime in Tehran - nurtured in Washington by a vocal and powerful pro-Israel lobby - has made it difficult to soften the sanctions policy. But an increasing number of US observers now believe that the policy does nothing but exclude US business from a lucrative area of trade. SANCTIONING IRAN is both a detailed exposition of the legislation and a thorough critical analysis of the policy as a whole. It also comprehensively documents the important source materials and assesses the impact of sanctions on Iran. This is an essential guide for anyone, businessman, policy-maker or academic, seeking to understand the context and substance of the last 20 years in US-Iran relations._x000D_ "The book is clearly the best work on the U.S. Iran sanctions. Its masterful weaving of the historical, diplomatic, economic, military and technical aspects of the U.S. law, combined with its extensive annotations and review of the literature, and its analysis make it without equal in the field." - Bruce Zagaris, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University, Fordham University and John Marshall School of Law._x000D_ _x000D_ This is the most authoritative treatment of US sanctions on Iran anywhere in the literature. Alikhani not only provides a serious analysis of the subject, but also the most comprehensive survey of the literature and the legislative history of US sanctions that I have seen. This is an essential reference work for anyone interested in the development of US policy toward Iran since the revolution. - Gary Sick, Columbia University

Know Thine Enemy

A Spy's Journey Into Revolutionary Iran

Author: Edward Shirley

Publisher: Westview Press

ISBN: 9780813335889

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 1577

As a CIA spy, Edward Shirley operated on the front lines in Europe and the Middle East ferreting out the secrets of the most vociferous enemy of the United States. But, though he studied Iran and was obsessed with it from childhood, he never actually could cross its borders. The agency would recruit only native-born Iranians to enter the country as spies. After leaving the clandestine service, Shirley had to find out what was happening on the ground in Iran, so he smuggled himself into the country inside a box in the back of a friend's truck.In narrating Know Thine Enemy, a gripping and wry account of his trip, Shirley blends a spy's cunning and nose for adventure with shrewd insights into the Iranian character. What he finds runs counter to what most American know about Iran. He depicts glamorous Westernized Iranians, disillusioned Muslim fundamentalists, and a crippled veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. Ordinary Iranians, he reports, are weary of Islamic dogma and the clerical regime and have resorted to cynicism, conspiracy, and black humor as everyday survival tactics, because the radical Islam promulgated by Khomeini and his successors has solved few of Iran's problems. Unique and engrossing, Know Thine Enemy is a vivid, firsthand portrait of the clash of Western and Muslim civilizations.