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Mr. Berman lays out a thoughtful U.S. strategy for containing Iran diplomatically, by rallying Turkey, Russia, and the Gulf state into greater appreciation of the regional threat Iran represents, while assuring them all of U.S. support. (The Washington Times)

Ilan Berman's careful analysis and shrewd policy prescriptions are a welcome antidote to the fuddle that our Iran policy has become: Engage the great Iranian people, not its thugocratic theocracy. Exactly. (R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA; Chairman, Woolsey Partners LLC)

Ilan Berman has written a powerful and compelling book about the greatest threat facing Israel and one of the greatest threats facing America, the emergence of a nuclear armed Iran. Every serious student of history who wants to understand the threats facing freedom and democracy should study this book. (The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999))

Ilan Berman chronicles two decades of listlessness in American policy to Iran. . . . His is a thoughtful assessment of a serious longstanding problem, and merits a careful read. (The Honorable John J. Hamre, former Deputy Secretary of Defense (1997-1999))

A probing and insightful examination of Iran's growing threat to stability in the Middle East. Berman's work should be a wake-up call for policymakers in Washington. (Congressman Jim Saxton)

Berman makes a strong case for a U.S. policy of regime change; his book deserves serious attention. (Michael Potemra National Review)

In [Berman's] view there is no better place to continue the President’s campaign in the Middle East than Iran. . . . However one may be attracted or repelled by [this] judgment, many readers are likely to feel enriched by learning what the volume provides on the very real problems of the region. (Maj. Gen. Edward B. Atkeson, U.S. Army retired Army Magazine)

. . . compelling . . .Anyone interested in the war on terror, and Iran's role in it, should read this thoughtful tome. (Steven Greenhut Orange County Register)

For those who wonder why Washington is so worried about Iran's nuclear program, Ilan Berman's Tehran Rising is a gripping, timely reminder. . . . [Ilan Berman] has done such a convincing job in portraying the ruthlessness of the current rulers in Tehran . . . If the United States―and indeed, the world―loses, no one can say Berman didn't warn us. (Paul Owens Orlando Sentinel)

Mr. Berman's timely book explains both the urgency and the importance of the problem. (Martin Walker, Editor of United Press International, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute The Washington Times)

Ilan Berman has written a useful new book that helps make sense of Iran's ambitions, and the means they are using to try to achieve them. Tehran Rising describes the consequences of the worst-case scenario, an emboldened nuclear-armed Iran establishing regional hegemony and continuing to utilize the cat's paw of terrorist surrogates that it has perfected in over 25 years of state sponsorship. (James S. Robbins, Trustee, Leaders for Liberty Foundation)

Tehran Rising sets forth the serious and imminent threat Iran poses in its own region and to the United States and its allies. ... Most readers will come away convinced not only that the Iranian threat is real, but also that steps must be taken without delay to prevent its nuclear weapons program from reaching maturity. (Peter Hannaford, senior counselor to the Committee on the Present Danger The Weekly Standard)

Ilan Berman's efficient, fact-packed book ... indicates plenty of reasons why Western diplomacy's sudden stiffening of spine toward Iran may still be too soft, too little and too late. (Carlin Romano Philadelphia Inquirer)

Berman convincingly argues that the Iranian regime is pursuing an ambitious strategic agenda that will transform Iran into a regional superpower with the ability to greater threaten the interests of the United States and its allies. (AIPAC)

Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States is...a timely and relevant discussion on the subject. (Comparative Strategy)

About the Author

Ilan Berman is one of the rising stars of American foreign policy. As vice president for policy of the Washington-based American Foreign Policy Council, he is a frequent guest on radio and television. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. His writings on international security and American foreign policy have appeared in such influential publications as The National Interest, the International Herald Tribune, and the Financial Times, among others.

Berman is adjunct professor for International Law and Global Security at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He also serves as a member of the reconstituted Committee on the Present Danger, and as Editor of the Journal of International Security Affairs. He is also the coeditor (with J. Michael Waller) of Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (2006).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742549046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742549043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,589,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Sampson on August 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
These days, its hard to get Republicans and Democrats to agree on much of anything. So any book that gets glowing reviews from conservative congressmen and high-ranking Clinton-era officials alike is worth paying attention to.

This book discusses the imminent threat that Iran poses in a way that is nuanced and comprehensive on one hand, and extremely accessible on the other. From nuclear enrichment to terrorism, from the Persian Gulf to Central Asia, Iran's activities are detailed in sharp and vivid terms.

Where it really shines, however, is in the final chapters dealing with policy prescriptions. The author's suggestions for how the US can contain Iran are practical and workable, but he also makes a compelling case for Iran's latent democratic potential and empowering the forces of change within the theocratic regime.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James S. Robbins on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Teheran Rising is a book that policymakers will find very valuable. As Professor Berman notes, two clocks are racing in Iran, the nuclear clock and the regime change clock. The United States, its allies, and Iran's neighbors have a vital interest in seeing that Iran experiences a democratic transition before the current regime can realize its nuclear ambitions.

Teheran Rising describes the consequences of the worst case scenario, an emboldened Iran achieving virtual regional hegemony and continuing to utilize the cat's paw of terrorist surrogates which it has perfected in over 25 years of state sponsorship. I liked the book because it was clear and to the point; Professor Berman accurately analyzes the current situation in Iran, the probable outcomes and implications for the United States, and offers some innovative policy perscriptions.

The US can try to ignore the Iranian problem but it won't go away. Anyone interested in Middle East policy should give this book a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ironman96 VINE VOICE on November 13, 2009
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This book is a decent summary of current events regarding Iran. The focus is on the current threat from Iran, including nuclear and terrorism. Although written from a hawkish point of view, the author correctly identifies the clear and present danger Iran poses and offers some ideas on how to deal with these issues. As this is a very complex subject, there are no easy answers, just a matter of trying to choose the best of the worst scenarios. A lot of the book's content I've seen elsewhere, but one of the sections that really stood out as valuable was the discussion of the relationships between Iran and its neighbors. If you're looking for a detailed and lengthy discussion of current events regarding Iran, this is probably not the book for you. If you want a short summary, its not bad.
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this is a well written history on Iran and why it is threat to the US and to the world. It is easy to follow the time-line and reasoning used by the rulers in deciding to make war on all of the western world and how they used their religious fervor to inspire some people to become suicide bombers. Mr. Berman is quite knowledgeable and gives info on the political, financial and social history and changes that brought us to this point. He also shows the ties to China and Russia and out reach to other nations. This is an eye opening and educational book to help you keep abreast of what is happening in the world today.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eduward du Bois on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is about Iran's rising international influence and activities. For that Ilan Berman quotes many open sources to explain her terrorist activities, regional ambitions and past US policies. Based on his interpretations of the situation, he also proposes in the last chapters how America should respond.

The book starts with Iran's role in terrorism. The rising oil prices, has given Iran much extra dollars to spend on the global jihad. Iran is now not only funding the Lebanon based Hezzbolla but has expanded it's funding to control and operate a world wide terrorism network. For example they now also fund non Shia groups like, Islamic Jihad (main sponsor) and Hamas (10%). There is even evidence they work together with Al'qaeda to destabilize Iraq and work together with other enemies of the West like Cuba.

At the same time as Iran is expanding it's global terrorist network, it also is aggressively investing in nuclear technology. They buy the technology from countries like China, Pakistan, Korea and Russia. Throughout the country, geographical distributed, fortified and underground the Iranians have build nuclear facilities. But besides investing in these nuclear technologies they are also investing heavily in other military industries. They develop and export missile technology that is already capable of reaching Europe; they are building their own submarines, fighter jets and lots of other weapon systems.

This book describes how Iran is using these developments to become a regional super power. Ilan Berman argues that their regional power is so big that even the other main regional power, Turkey, is beginning to accept the dominance of Iran.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George Bush HALL OF FAME on December 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Foreword by William Schneider (Undersecretary of State, 1982-86) relates that the Iranian radicals who held U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days revealed in their memoirs that they originally intended to let the hostages go after only a few days, but changed their minds once Carter made it clear there was no danger of an American intervention. He goes on to conclude that for the U.S. to send the same message now to a nuclear Iran would be a tragic mistake.

Iran has become one of the biggest beneficiaries of the War on Terror - it has eliminated the threat posed by Tehran's most immediate military adversary, and U.S. successes against the Taliban have removed an ideological competitor for Muslim minds in that area.

"Tehran Rising" states that the Islamic war against the U.S. began not on 9/11, but 2/79 when the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran - "Death to the Great Satan, America." Subsequent activities include an April, '83 Hezbollah-orchestrated (U.S. estimates Iran support for Hezbollah at about $100 million/year) truck bombing at the U.S. embassy in Beirut - leaving 63 dead, six months later a similar bomb at the Marine barracks in Beirut leaving 241 dead, the March '84 kidnapping and later killing of a CIA station chief, and seven months later a bombing at the U.S. Embassy annex killing 24, including 2 American military. In response, Reagan in '84 ordered withdrawal - so much for exclusively blaming Clinton for today's surge in terror. The U.S. then went on, under Reagan, to support Hussein in the eight-year conflict between Iraq and Iran.

Iran's nuclear effort involves close to two dozen sites, some hardened underground, spread around the country - the exact locations not known in all cases. The U.S.
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