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A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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“Trita Parsi’s gripping account is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the human details of recent diplomacy. Parsi recounts it all—the misunderstandings, the fears, the prejudices, the ambitions, and the misreading—that have hobbled American efforts to end three decades of futility with Iran.”—John Limbert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under the Obama administration (John Limbert)
In this illuminating book, Trita Parsi uncovers the full details of the diplomatic encounters between Washington and Tehran during Obama's early presidency, then discusses whether diplomacy should be the foreign policy approach of choice for the U.S. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Dr.Parsi, an Iranian-American who clearly feels nothing but contempt for the current regime, describes how the United States has mishandled Iran for decades. Opportunities for engagement (i.e., changing Iran's behavior) were missed over and over again largely due to intellectual rigidity on the part of successive administrations and the influence of lobbyists with a vested interest in continuation of the conflict.
Hopes for a breakthrough came with the election of President Obama whose natural instinct is toward diplomacy, not confrontation, but he was boxed in by lobbyists and by a Congress that takes its marching orders from them.
Obama has been president for 3 years, during which time the US has directly communicated with Iranian officials for a grand total of 45 minutes.
And now, following Obama's approval of a sanctions bill that will accomplish nothing other than to harm our allies and the Iranian people while, quite likely, strengthening the regime, we may be on the road to war.
This is insane. Although we should do what we can to prevent development of an Iranian bomb, the best means to achieve that goal is through dialogue not dumb (i.e., the opposite of "smart") sanctions and mindless rhetoric designed to impress domestic U.S. interest groups (i.e, the "pro-Israel" lobby and end-of-days Christian zealots.
It should also be said that Iran is likely to develop nuclear weapons, no matter what we do. That being the case, lessening and not exacerbating tensions would seem to be wise.Read more ›
And on a side note, do be deterred by the people giving the book one star ratings and calling him an agent of the Iran regime. Dr. Parsi is well known for having taken on the MEK terrorist/cult group and fighting to keep them on the State department's terrorist list, a campaign which has gained him the ire of many of their fanatical supporters who take every opportunity to slander Dr. Parsi's good name.
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Trita Parsi has delivered a sound analysis and pinpoints the precise problems that the United States faces when trying to deal constructively with Iran... and vice versa. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. D. J. Walford
Must read for anyone who'd like to get some history about Iran US negotions.Published 16 months ago by Mike L.
A very informative book (I think Trita's other book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States was better than A Single Roll of the Dice; but... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amir A.
This is an impartial explanation of the relationship between the two countries and explains how long mistrust between the two countries have become a barrier for diplomacy not to... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Khimoiddin
Provide a very objective analysis of a highly complex go political problem. It is a must read for all American who do not want us to enter into yet another war in middel eastPublished on January 12, 2014 by steve nasiri
Trita Parsi tells the reader "the other side" - what Iran did for the U.S. while maintaining its own integrity and avoiding war-like hostility. Remember it was the U.S. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by C V Finn
Excellent book, it does get a little old hearing a US official told me or information from an Iranian official, but it is understandable considering the subject of the book.Published on November 12, 2013 by bacon_4_u