- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300218168
- ISBN-13: 978-0300218169
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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“Losing an Enemy is an inside look at one of President Obama’s greatest legacies: his historic nuclear deal that transformed the United States and Iran from lethal enemies to paltry rivals. In this eloquently written book, Trita Parsi draws upon his exclusive access as an advisor to the Obama White House, his retelling of the events made all the more riveting by the high stakes that placed the United States dangerously close to yet another disastrous war. What emerges is an eye-opening analysis of one of the most pivotal victories of American foreign policy.”—Reza Aslan, best-selling author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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"Fontos könyvet ajánlok mindenki figyelmébe. A szerző neve is sugallja: Iráni születésű, kisgyermekként a zoroasztrianizmus (és nem az iszlám) emlőin nevelkedett. Később azonban svéd és amerikai egyetemeken tanult, és ért el tudományos fokozatot. Azért emelem ki mindezt, mert a könyv az iráni nukleáris programról folytatott – nagyrészt titkos – tárgyalásokkal foglalkozik.
Mint a National Iranian American Council megalapítója, magánjellegű beszélgetéseken keresztül figyelemmel tudta kísérni a tárgyalások menetét. Teljesen egyetértek vele abban, hogy a diplomáciai megoldás megmentette a világot egy katasztrofális háborútól, az USA pedig “elvesztett” egy ellenséget. A kalandregénybe illő tárgyalásokat az azokról rendszeres tájékoztatást kapó Netanjahu aljasságig menő beavatkozásokra használta fel, Obama ellen uszítva a Kongresszust, az ott aktív szerepet játszó zsidó (lobbi) szervezeteket. Tette ezt az izraeli biztonsági szervezetek ellenvéleményének semmibe vételével. Itt az ideje, hogy Izrael népe eltávolítsa a hatalomból.
I recommend an important book for everyone. The author’s name suggests: He was born in Iran, and was raised as a young child on the breast of Zoroastrianism (and not of Islam). Later, however, he studied at Swedish and American universities and gained scientific degrees. I stress all these because the book deals with – largely secret – negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.
As the founder of the National Iranian American Council, he was able to follow the course of negotiations through private conversations. I fully agree with him that the diplomatic solution has saved the world from a catastrophic war, and the United States has “eluded” an enemy. The adventurous talks were used by Netanyahu – who was regularly informed – to foully intervene, instigating against Obama the Congress and the Jewish (lobby) organizations that played an active part in it. He did this neglecting the contrary opinion of Israeli security organizations. It is time for the people of Israel to remove him from power.
Parsi takes us into the minds of the negotiators for Obama as well as Rouhani. Both sides of the story are presented with equal understanding. The book explains disputes over low-enriched and high-enriched uranium, kilograms of stockpiles, nuclear bomb “breakout” capability, “snapback sanctions,” and, most importantly, explains why the US and Europe allowed Iran to enrich uranium at all.
Since Parsi knows and had contact with US, Iranian, Russian, and other diplomats and negotiators, he can humanize the discussions. For example, he says Saeed Jalili, an early negotiator who later ran unsuccessfully against Rouhani, was known for “his tendency to hold long monologues addressing the many injustices Iran had suffered at the hand of Western powers.” Of the US negotiator Talwar Puneet, the only White House staffer who had actually visited Iran, he says, “the respect Iranians showed Puneet was noticeable.” The Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, we’re told, after a last minute objection by the French foreign minister threatened to scuttle the talks, got so angry he “was spotted entering the hotel bar ordering a full bottle of vodka.”
For the most part, the characterizations of the better known negotiators reflect popular perceptions. Javad Zarif, currently Iran’s foreign minister, “had a likability that’s off the charts,” yet we’re told he’s also known for his temper. And John Kerry, with a “reputation for being unflappable,” is also described as once losing his temper and slamming “his fist so hard on the table that his pen flew across it and hit one of the Iranian negotiators.” Not that the negotiations often reached points like this. Parsi says that “even at the height of their tense exchanges, the negotiators could at the same time only be moments away from laughter. In fact, laughter was often what saved them from diplomatic dead ends.”
I had presumed the nuclear negotiations were based on the countries’ desire for strength and safety, and to a large extent this was true. But Parsi’s narrative views countries, especially Iran, as people who are susceptible to slights and having their feelings hurt and taking offense. Countries, his thesis goes, see each other as “rivals” for prestige and the world’s attention. They want to “take center stage” and assert their “right to play the role of a regional power.” According to Parsi, it was the Obama administration’s understanding that Iran wanted to be respected, recognized as an important country, and included among legitimate nations that enabled reaching this agreement that stands as one of the greatest diplomatic achievements of modern times.