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The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy [Paperback]

Robin Wright

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Dec 1 2010
Since Iran's 1979 revolution, the West has struggled to understand what drives the Islamic Republic and how to deal with it. The challenge now looms even larger in the face of Iran's controversial nuclear program, disputed 2009 election, growing human rights violations, and angry rhetoric. Difficult to engage yet impossible to ignore, Iran presents the world's most complex foreign policy dilemma. The Iran Primer offers a comprehensive but concise overview of Iran's politics, economy, military, foreign policy, and nuclear program. It chronicles U.S.-Iran relations under six American presidents and probes five options for dealing with Iran. Organized thematically, this book provides top-level briefings by 50 top experts on Iran (both Iranian and Western authors) as well as a handful of rising talent. It provides hard factual information for ready reference, thoughtful analysis, and context. The Iran Primer is a practical and accessible go-toA" resource for practitioners, policymakers, academics, and students, as well as a fascinating wealth of information for anyone interested in understanding Iran's pivotal role in world politics. This volume is a joint product of the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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"The Iran Primer presents 50 articles on topics including governing institutions, the opposition, the military, the nuclear controversy, international sanctions, and the economy. It covers the tortuous diplomacy of every U.S. presidency from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama (with the essay on each administration written by someone who served in it), as well as Iran's relations with its neighbors and with China, Russia, and the EU. Fifty short biographies sketch the Iranian political elite, including those in power, those in opposition, and significant figures no longer living (such as the ayatollahs Ruhollah Khomeini and Hossein Ali Montazeri). Concise (almost every contributor was held to around three pages), comprehensive (it includes unexpected entries, such as one on bazaars), and well organized (with six separate thematic timelines), this is a beautifully wrought handbook. It is also an ongoing project, with its own Web site (iranprimer.usip.org), where new material is added."

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Author, journalist and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright has reported from 140 countries for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London and CBS News. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Foreign Affairs and others. Currently a joint fellow at USIP and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Wright has been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to political organization and recent historical analysis April 8 2011
By Robert W. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Robin Wright and the Int'l Institute for Peace present an excellent book on Iran, Politics, and US Policy. 300 pages contain 50 "chapters" written by a fine list of experts. It is very easy to read, follow, and understand. Each topic contains a nice overview that introduces the reader to the material. It contains very good information on Iranian politics, movements, military, policy on nucs, economy, sanctions, the regional dynamics. It is not inundated with a lot of references on each topic, good or bad. It's a fine primer for use as a supplement in undergraduate courses in foreign policy or study groups. It's not, in my opinion, designed for graduate students, scholars, and topical experts. I would have liked to see much greater discussion on both its cultural changes and religious influences and an examination of the dynamics of US / Iranian policy. It is a fine book and, within its limits, is quite informative. I give everything a grade, and this book I give a grade of "A-".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reader on Iran April 12 2013
By LeeSeeker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must for anyone who wants to know about Iran, particularly its military and threats. It is an essential primer and my only complaint is that some of the topcs (e.g., the military) are quite sketchy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy with data Jan. 3 2014
By John Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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It was just a little too scholarly for what I was looking for. It is fully of Iranian statistical data. The portion of the book dealing the the Iranian and Jewish conflicts was an interesting read.

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