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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press (May 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087609535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876095355
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Rice on July 21, 2012
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Great piece of non-partisan writing describing what we actually know about Iran's nuclear program, how we know it, options to shut it down and for how long it would remain shut down, repercussions inherent in any action we take, upsides to various actions we take, Israel's likely actions, Arab neighbors likely reactions and Syrian / Iranian ties, etc. Written by experts and an honest discussion. No leaps are made from what we know to what we think we know. It's factually based unlike the news reported on many TV stations about their nuclear program. All that is summed up in about 80 pages of writing and is up to date with recent developments well in to 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Firester on December 30, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It helped me with a paper that I was writing on Iran. This book, coupled with "Iran and the Bomb" are key essentials for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the Iranian pursuit for nuclear capabilities and the world's response to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Safdari on June 3, 2014
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"Inside the beltway" conventional wisdom and spin that has very little to do with facts but a lot to do with pushing agendas. From the very first paragraph, written by Ray Takeyh, this book shows its colors. Iran is supposedly "preserving an option" to make a nuclear bomb? The fact is that currently 40 nations have this "option" already because nuclear technology is inherently dual-use, so Iran has joined 1 out of 4 nations on the planet that can *theoretically* make a bomb. Iran is "seeking shelter" in the NPT is another way of saying that the Iranians (sneaky devils!) are abiding by the terms of an international treaty and expect others to abide by the law too. Claims of "secretly" restarting the nuclear program are also nonsense as the issue was repeatedly reported on Iranian national radio in the early 1980s, and Iran even formally declared its Uranium Conversion facility to the IAEA in 2000, three years prior to the dramatic "exposure" of Iran's nuclear program. The author's claims about secret weapons programs simply has no factual basis -- no evidence of a weapons program has ever been found in Iran ([...] ) Finally, the idea that Iran seeks the option to rush to make bombs overlooks the many times that Iran offered to significantly reduce or limit its nuclear program, offers that went well beyond its NPT obligations or what other nations have accepted, and which included capping enrichment levels and the numbers of centrifuges as well as allowing inspections that exceeded the Additional Protocol (to which Iran isn't even a signatory) ... in fact, Iran suspended enrichment entirely for three years, contrary to Dr. Takeyh's thesis of a nation seeking a quick route to nukes...Read more ›
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I did not feel the information in this book was different than I can find on the regular news. It was also very policy-heavy, but the articles weren't really as in depth as I am used to seeing for policy pieces. It's obvious the authors are knowledgeable in their fields but I don't think this book was all that great.

For the kindle price, though, try it out. I don't regret buying it.
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