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Iran and the United States: An Insider's View on the Failed by Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Shahir Shahidsaless

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Shahir Shahidsaless

Scores of books were written by means of Western specialists, more often than not American, taking a look at the foundation reasons of the clash among Iran and the USA. even though, none of them have offered an within examine this advanced courting from in the Iranian tradition, society, and most significantly, the Iranian policy-making procedure. This hole has been the reason for misperceptions, misanalyses, and clash, by means of the adoption people regulations that experience didn't in attaining their objectives.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian labored for over 30 years on diplomatic efforts among Iran and the West, serving in several legitimate posts, and as a confidante, colleague, and peer to many former and present excessive rating Iranian officers, together with now-President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian overseas Minister Javad Zarif. the following the previous diplomat supplies an insider's background of the afflicted courting among Iran and the USA. His designated firsthand viewpoint blends memoir, research, and not ahead of visible information of the various close to misses within the quest for rapprochement. With quite a bit at stake, the publication concludes with a roadmap for peace that either countries so desperately need.

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To spearhead the reform initiative, the Constitutionalists looked for a foreign partner that would actively and willingly assist in building an independent nation without ulterior motive. The natural choice was the United States, as it was the only major power that could be entrusted with such a task, particularly since the memory of Baskerville was fresh in the minds of the Constitutionalists and the US had established that its intentions in Iran were not to encroach on Iran’s sovereignty. This belief on the part of the Constitutionalists led to the Iranians requesting Washington to recommend a financial advisor who would assist Iran’s restructuring of its financial sector.

Former US diplomat William Miller told me that “in Qom, the Shah sent paratroopers who killed Mullahs. These deaths prompted the march of many dressed in shrouds from Qom to Tehran. ” Under pressure, the Shah decided to release Ayatollah Khomeini after two months’ imprisonment, yet he continued to be an outspoken critic of the Shah and his repressive regime. Ayatollah Khomeini had ascended from this protest in Qom to be one of the key voices of opposition to the regime. He would come to be an essential factor in the demise of the Shah’s rule 15 years later.

Obama’s election gave hope for change in US offensive policies toward Iran. The chapter illustrates why Obama’s rapprochement failed. In the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential election, due to the lack of knowledge about Iran’s politics and misanalysis of the situation in Iran, thus overestimating the power and misreading the nature of the so-called Green Movement, by both American policy-makers and analysts alike, the Obama administration suddenly adopted extremely coercive policies intended to either change the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran or to bring about regime change.

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