Iran and the United States

An Insider S View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian; Shahir Shahidsaless; Shahir Shahidsaless (Contribution by)
(Bloomsbury Academic, Hardcover, 9781628920079, 368pp.)

Publication Date: May 2014

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Scores of books have been written by Western experts, mainly American, looking at the root causes of the conflict between Iran and the US. However, none of them have presented an inside look at this complex relationship from within the Iranian culture, society, and most importantly, the Iranian policy-making system. This gap has been the cause of misperceptions, misanalyses, and conflict, followed by the adoption of US policies that have failed to achieve their objectives.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian worked for over 30 years on diplomatic efforts between Iran and the West, serving in numerous official posts, and as a confidante, colleague, and peer to many former and current high ranking Iranian officials, including now-President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Here the former diplomat gives an insider's history of the troubled relationship between Iran and the US. His unique firsthand perspective blends memoir, analysis, and never before seen details of the many near misses in the quest for rapprochement. With so much at stake, the book concludes with a roadmap for peace that both nations so desperately need.




About the Author
Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Research Scholar at Princeton University. He is a former diplomat who served as Iran's Ambassador to Germany, Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran's National Security Council and as Spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union. His research focuses on improving Iran-US relations.

Shahir Shahidsaless is an Iranian-Canadian political analyst and freelance journalist. He has extensively written analytical pieces surrounding Iranian foreign and domestic politics in general, and Iran-U.S. relations in particular. He received his MA in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex, UK.

Shahir Shahidsaless is an Iranian-Canadian political analyst and freelance journalist. He has extensively written analytical pieces surrounding Iranian foreign and domestic politics in general, and Iran-U.S. relations in particular. He received his MA in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex, UK.
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