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The Resource Guardians of the revolution : Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs, Ray Takeyh

Guardians of the revolution : Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs, Ray Takeyh

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Guardians of the revolution : Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs
Title
Guardians of the revolution
Title remainder
Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs
Statement of responsibility
Ray Takeyh
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Language
eng
Summary
For over a quarter century, Iran has been one of America's chief nemeses. Ever since Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the relationship between the two nations has been antagonistic: revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills. The unending war of words suggests an intractable divide between Iran and the West, one that may very well lead to a shooting war in the near future. But as Ray Takeyh shows in this accessible and authoritative history of Iran's relations with the world since the revolution, behind the famous personalities and extremist slogans is a nation that is far more pragmatic--and complex--than many in the West have been led to believe. Takeyh explodes many of our simplistic myths of Iran as an intransigently Islamist foe of the West. Tracing the course of Iranian policy since the 1979 revolution, Takeyh identifies four distinct periods: the revolutionary era of the 1980s, the tempered gradualism following the death of Khomeini and the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1989, the "reformist" period from 1997-2005 under President Khatami, and the shift toward confrontation and radicalism since the election of President Ahmadinejad in 2005. Takeyh shows that three powerful forces--Islamism, pragmatism, and great power pretensions--have competed in each of these periods, and that Iran's often paradoxical policies are in reality a series of compromises between the hardliners and the moderates, often with wild oscillations between pragmatism and ideological dogmatism. The U.S.'s task, Takeyh argues, is to find strategies that address Iran's objectionable behavior without demonizing this key player in an increasingly vital and volatile region. With its clear-sighted grasp of both nuance and historical sweep, Guardians of the Revolution will stand as the standard work on this controversial--and central--actor in world politics for years to come.--Publisher description
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1966-
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Takeyh, Ray
Dewey number
327.55
Index
index present
LC call number
DS318.83
LC item number
.T36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Iran
  • Iran
  • Iran
  • Iran
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Guardians of the revolution : Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs, Ray Takeyh
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Publication
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"A Council on Foreign Relations book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-295) and index
Contents
Introduction -- pt. I. The revolutionary years -- Khomeini's ideology and Iran's grand strategy -- Relations with the "Great Satan" -- Turmoil in the Levant: Iran, Israel, and the politics of the Arab East -- Iran-Iraq war -- pt. II. The rise of pragmatism and the new priorities -- Pragmatic restraint: Iranian politics during the Rafsanjani era -- Reconciliaiton diplomacy and its limits -- The Satans -- pt. III. The age of reform -- The odyssey of the reform movement -- September 11 and the politics of fear, hope, and necessity -- pt. IV. Hegemony at last? -- The rise of the new right -- The Ahmadinejad era
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 310 p.
Isbn
9780195327847
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008045035
System control number
ocn255902626
Label
Guardians of the revolution : Iran and the world in the age of the Ayatollahs, Ray Takeyh
Publication
Note
"A Council on Foreign Relations book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-295) and index
Contents
Introduction -- pt. I. The revolutionary years -- Khomeini's ideology and Iran's grand strategy -- Relations with the "Great Satan" -- Turmoil in the Levant: Iran, Israel, and the politics of the Arab East -- Iran-Iraq war -- pt. II. The rise of pragmatism and the new priorities -- Pragmatic restraint: Iranian politics during the Rafsanjani era -- Reconciliaiton diplomacy and its limits -- The Satans -- pt. III. The age of reform -- The odyssey of the reform movement -- September 11 and the politics of fear, hope, and necessity -- pt. IV. Hegemony at last? -- The rise of the new right -- The Ahmadinejad era
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 310 p.
Isbn
9780195327847
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008045035
System control number
ocn255902626

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