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Global Security WatchIran: A Reference Handbook (Praeger Security International)

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"This volume in the 'Global Security Watch' series makes an excellent attempt to explain the reasoning behind the foreign policy decisions of the Iranian leadership, and those of its neighbors and major world powers that have contributed to the current state of affairs…This work is a must read for policy makers, Middle East scholars and students, and those wishing to have a better understanding of the US's relationship with Iran…Includes biographical profiles, a chronology, glossary, and pertinent documents…Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above in history and political science." - Choice

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"Dr. Mattair has written a superb, insightful work that thoroughly lays out the issues, history, and options regarding our relationship with Iran. It is a must-read for those interested in this critical problem and for those decision-makers who will decide our course of action." (General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command from 1997 to 2000 and former Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2001-2002)

"Thomas Mattair's volume on Iran is a valuable addition to the shelf of anyone seeking to understand the perplexing policy issues involving that country. Mattair provides, in a concise package, a wealth of information that is essential background for addressing those issues. The policy implications he extracts are on the mark." (Paul R. Pillar, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center from 1997 until 2000 and former chief National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 until 2005.)

"This is a remarkably timely book-a meticulously researched and highly readable benchmark study of Iran that will reward readers with a comprehensive understanding of the major questions arising from Iran's past and present interactions with the United States and other major powers in the Middle East, culminating in a very fairly presented, but sobering discussion of current American policy options." (The Honorable Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., President, Middle East Policy Council, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1992 and former Assistant Secretary of Defense in 1993-1994)
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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027599483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275994839
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,184,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a student of Iran, I found this book to be an excellent resource. The author begins by providing a concise history of the nation, and of its dealings with world powers. The book then builds upon this history to analyze the current issues surrounding the state, and provides insight into the different policy options (and their implications) that deal with these issues. This work has provided me a detailed understanding of this region and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to obtain the same.
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As a human rights activist and student of international politics, I understand the importance of Iran in shaping the present and future context of conflict and diplomacy in the Middle East. In the coming years Iran could very well continue to be one of the United States' great rivals, but there is also a chance that Iran's shifting domestic landscape could alter our relationship entirely.

Dr. Mattair appreciates this delicate nuance and does well to describe the competing factions in Iran, their histories, and potential directions future interactions with Iran may take. Dr. Mattair does not simply describe the Islamic Republic of Iran as a monolith; rather he explains in detail the many intricacies of the nation and how they might affect future relations between Iran, the United States, and its Arab neighbors.

Perhaps what is most useful about the handbook is that it doesn't take sides. The information given is thorough and relevant, but isn't used to force an opinion upon the reader. Instead, this handbook does precisely what it should: present accurate and timely information in order to inform readers and promote constructive dialogue.
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Extremely relevant and more critical than ever, Dr. Mattair's book provides a well-researched and comprehensive backdrop to understanding critical policy issues involving Iran. This book would be useful to both students of Iran as well as experts in the region. I would be greatly comforted if I knew Iranian foreign policy was being shaped by individuals as well-informed as Dr. Mattair.
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