Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (Hardback)Ray Takeyh
Hardback Published: 02/11/2006
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How the other half lives, this work provides an understanding of the key player in the middle eastern theatre. A leading expert explains why the West has failed to understand Iran and offers a new strategy for redefining this crucial relationship. For more than a quarter of a century, few countries have been as resistant to American influence as Iran. The US and Iran have long eyed each other with open suspicion - a climate that has fostered the shrinking circles of mistrust and jumping to conclusions that may still result in open warfare. What gets lost along the way could prove crucial to averting future conflict: with a new hard-line Iranian president making incendiary pronouncements and pressing for nuclear developments, the consequences of not understanding Iran have never been higher. Ray Takeyh, a leading expert on Iran's politics and history, has written a groundbreaking book that demystifies the Iranian regime and shows how the fault lines of Iran's domestic politics serve to explain its behaviour. In "Hidden Iran", he explains why this country has so often confounded American expectations and why its outward hostility does not necessarily preclude the normalisation of relations. Through a clearer understanding of the competing claims of Muslim theology, Republican pragmatism and factional competition, he offers a new paradigm for managing Western relations with a rising and largely unknown power.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc