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Revolutionary Iran and the United States

Low-intensity Conflict in the Persian Gulf, 1st Edition

By Joseph J. St. Marie, Shahdad Naghshpour

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A unique and major contribution to the scholarly and policy debate on American foreign and economic policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. A volume that will be of interest to scholars and policy makers who struggle to understand the complex rivalry between these two nations and wish to analyze the Iranian/American relationship since 1979. Authors frame the conflicted relationship between Iran and the United States as a low intensity conflict, embodying elements of superpower gamesmanship, insurgent tactics and economic warfare. Revolutionary Iran and the United States is unique in its approach by exploring how diplomatic, military, and economic weapons are employed to bolster each nation's strategic and tactical advantage. This analysis encompasses the political, military, and economic facets of the rivalry.

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'The literature on Iran and US relations is ever growing, which is interesting as the two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980! Yet contact between the two has been steady, if not frequent: in Iraq, Afghanistan, in nuclear politics, and also Middle East regional security, the two have both direct and indirect contacts, and have between 2004 and 2007 been involved in structured discussions about a wide range of issues. But in 2008, in the dying days of the Bush presidency, the two countries did concede to meeting publicly to discuss Iran's controversial nuclear programme, which was followed in December 2010 by another meeting in Geneva between Iran and the 5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council + Germany) over Iran's nuclear programme. To better understand these recent happenings, the new book by St.Marie and Naghshpour acts as an invaluable facilitator.' Anoush Ehteshami, Durham University, UK

About the Authors

Joseph J. St. Marie, Assistant Professor of International Development and Affairs Ph.D. Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA and Shahdad Naghshpour, Professor of International Development and Affairs Ph.D. Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA

About the Series

US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World

US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World
The proliferation of an anti-US ideology among radicalized Islamic groups has emerged as one of the most significant security concerns for the United States and contemporary global relations in the wake of the end of the Cold War. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 demonstrated the danger posed by Islamic extremists to US domestic and foreign interests. Through a wealth of case studies this new series examines the role that US foreign policy has played in exacerbating or ameliorating hostilities among and within Muslim nations as a means of exploring the rise in tension between some Islamic groups and the West. The series provides an interdisciplinary framework of analysis which, transcending traditional, narrow modes of inquiry, permits a comprehensive examination of US foreign policy in the context of the Islamic world.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL084000
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State