Treacherous Alliance The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

ISBN-10: 0300143117

ISBN-13: 9780300143119

Edition: 2008

Authors: Trita Parsi

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In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region. Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that America7;s hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry. Parsi7;s behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Iran7;s prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Iran7;s plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle East7;s recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In today7;s belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166

Trita Parsiis president of the National Iranian American Council and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2010 he received the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and he is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. He lives in McLean, VA.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: An Eight-Hundred-Pound Gorilla
The cold war era
An Alliance of Necessity: The Secret Friendship of the Shah
Rise of Israel, Rise of Iran
Iran's Quest for Supremacy
Sealing Demise in the Moment of Triumph
The Rise of Begin and the Israeli Right
Enter the Sign of God
Ideological Shifts, Geopolitical Continuities
Saddam Attacks!
The Dying Gasp of the Periphery Doctrine
The unipolar era
The New World Order
Trading Enemies
From Cold Peace to Cold War
With Likud, the Periphery Doctrine Returns
Khatami's Detente
Betrayal in Afghanistan
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Looking ahead
Facing the Future, Facing Reality
Iran's May 2003 Negotiation Proposal to the United States
Original U.S. Draft Negotiation Proposal
Letter from Ambassador Guldimann to the U.S. State Department
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