Q: What is new about your book?
A: It’s about how geopolitical struggles in the Middle East are fueling the tensions between Iran, Israel, and the United States, and how a failure to address the root causes of these struggles has made an already bad situation worse. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the book shows that Iran's and Israel’s enmity is not about ideologyeven though both states find it useful to portray it as such. And it shows how even under the worst of circumstances, these two former alliesIran and Israelhave kept communicating behind the scenes.
Q: What have been the main causes of the breakdown between Iran, Israel, and the United States?
A: The major transformations of Israeli-Iranian relations have all coincided with geopoliticaland not ideologicalshifts in the region. The common threats Iran and Israel faced back in the 1980sthe Soviet Union and Iraqpushed the two countries closer to each other, and Israel lobbied Washington to talk to Tehran. In the early 1990s, Iran and Israel’s common foes were eliminated, and they suddenly found themselves facing each other in the process of establishing a new regional order. In this new geopolitical reality, Iran and Israel were no longer uneasy security partners, but fierce rivals.
Q: What in your view is the best path the U.S., Israel, and Iran can take to avoid a war?
A: The risk for such a conflict is significant as long as all three states look for maximalist goals. The underlying problem is that the Middle East lacks a sustainable order, one in which all states are given a stake in the region’s security. Both Israel and Iran have been efficient spoilers, but neither has been able to implement its own vision of the Middle East. Only a common vision for the Middle Eastone based on collective securitycan tame the Israeli-Iranian rivalry.
Q: What unique qualifications do you bring to this study?
A: The book is based on my interviews with the top leadership in all three countries. The state of the triangular relationship between the U.S., Israel, and Iran has been extensively discussed in penetrating interviews that go well beyond the public talking points. As a result, the book reveals perspectives and strategic calculations that so far have been hidden from Western audiences.
This is a meticulously researched book that is also quite easy to read.
Trita Parsi's Treacherous Alliance is a deeply interesting book that analyzes Iran, Israel, and the United States secret dealings and behind the scenes agreement.
If you have an interest in Middle East affairs, foreign relations, or in any of the history/politics of the three countries, I highly recommend this book to you.
Excellent documentary full of surprising document. Deep level of research of the real stories that will shock you about how the Iran/Israel relationship has been presented in the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Fereshteh Abadi
Comments on Treacherous Alliance by Rita Parsi
This book is an account of dealings between Israel, Iran, and the US from the accession of the Shah in 1954 up to 2007. Read more
It is always dangerous and risky to write a review of a book on a topic that I know little about. My interest in the middle east however and my support for Palestinians and poor... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob's Beekeeping
I bought this book for my father, so i am only going to comment regarding the packaging and so, i shipped it to saudi arabia and the book was in excellent condition!Published 16 months ago by mindraider92
Iranian-Americans are puzzled when they see America, that once stood as the beacon of freedom and moral value, turns its back on pro democracy Iranians who poured onto the streets... Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Mohareb Free Iran
First, the facts: the author, Trita Parsi and his organization, NIAC, represent a lobbying effort for the Iranian regime. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by A Teacher
I purchased this book because like many other, I am both rattled and confused about statements and moves that Iran has been making. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Dr. Smoker
This is simply the best book in print on Iran and its relationship with Israel and the United States. This is a meticulously researched book that is also quite easy to read. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by ammou
I agree with most other reviewers that "Treacherous Alliance" is highly insightful and provides a welcome balance to many contemporary western views of Iran. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by ConsDemo