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Seyed Hossein Mousavian served as spokesman for Iran's team in nuclear negotiations with the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (2003–05) and is currently a visiting research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School's Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870032682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870032684
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not yet finished, and thus will say that my "star rating" is just a "best guess" at this point, included only because Amazon requires a star rating in order to submit a review.

But I'm already far enough along to mention some eyebrow-raising behavior by the editor (presumably a staffer at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which published the book). At various places, the editor has inserted "bottom of the page" footnotes - not to elucidate a point made by the author or for any of the other legitimate uses of footnotes - but to challenge the author's assertion. Odd - I can't say I've ever seen that before, and wouldn't recommend it to other editors.

If you're a publishing house and don't like your author's viewpoint, there are many conventional choices: decline to publish his book, write a critical review, write your own book, and so on. But it's not acceptable - and highly unusual (unique, in my experience) - to engage in a running debate with your own author by peppering his text with footnotes aimed at undercutting what he writes.
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The book is heavy reading as dives into the very detailed legal aspect of the negotiations between P5 and Iran. It covers in detail every IAEA report and UN resolution. It covers all the sensitive issues objectively and ultimately demonstrates that European and American intentions are not about whether Iran's nuclear program is legal or peaceful, but about demonizing Iran in international community through propaganda and lies to ultimately bring about a regime change. He firmly demonstrates the hypocrisy of nuclear powers who continue to defy their NPT responsibilities by further expanding and improving their nuclear arsenal and help other non NPT signatory countries to improve their nuclear technology, all the while chastising Iran for a possible military dimension to their nuclear program. It covers both Iran's historically unprecedented co-operation with IAEA inspections and it's failures/shortcomings. Time and time again Iran gets offered "peanuts for diamonds" and insulted for it's co-operation and good will, helping to further radicalizing the Iranian internal politics, ending in tragic unfolding of events that lead to highly educated, intellectual pragmatic individuals such as Mr Mousavian, with respect for international law and order being arrested in sham trials and now living in exile. The most intriguing part for me was the national intelligence report of 2007 by 16 of America's intelligence outfits which concluded that although Iran had experimented with military nuclear technology in the past, these activities were halted on 2003. No one ever mentions this fact in media, however I am sure that has all changed as thanks to the intransigence of the west, the reformist and pragmatists had nothing to show after 8 years of co-operation and bowing to western pressure allowing the hardliners to take complete control of the country and probably and justifiably commencing military nuclear experiments now in the dark.
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This is undoubtedly the best guide to understanding the complexities of the Iranian nuclear file as well as the important role carefully crafted diplomacy has played in maintaining the peace on all sides. It is a good guide to the understanding of tactics and strategy in complex multilateral negotiations aimed at minimizing the potential conflict and maximizing leverage aimed at a negotiated solution.
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This book ranks with the very best in scholarly research, analysis and authority.Certainly there are no other contemporary books on the subject that come near, though Trita Parsi's "Single roll of the dice" would come in second.

The author's credential's are impeccable and through his own integrity in refusing the offer of the job of Minister of Foreign Affairs,- 2005 under the current President, because he disagreed with his foreshadowed foreign policies, he suffered.That he did not let this experience sour his views is remarkable.

The book tracks in great absorbing detail the history of this subject, which is essential to an understanding of this complex subject. It reveals the continued duplicity of the USA throughout and hoyw at least the three most powerful nations of Europe in the UK. France and Germany, were cowered and bullied by the USA and are to this day.

The author Seyed Hossein Mousavian however does not spare Iran under its current leadership from fault and to his credit makes objective comparisons and draws clear conclusions, some of which reveal Iran in recent years had a tendency to shoot itself in its foot.

For leaders and senior officials of the two most protagonist countries, in Iran and the USA, this book is a must. Not to read it is to ignore the profound mistakes of history and repeat them ad nauseum.

When one considers the consequences of the blatant continued ignorance and prejudice towards Iran by the West and the coded/disguised underlying theme of them seeking regime change, something the author is very clear about, to perpetuate such ignorance and prejudice which may well lead to cataclysmic regional if not global war, would be unforgivable.
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If you wonder how Iranians see the nuclear negotiations, in fact if you want to know in great detail how these negotiations have happened since 2003 this is the book for you. It is not sufficiently critical of Iran but it does a good job of covering every detail and also showing how Iran has seen the picture.
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