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The Iranian puzzle piece [electronic resource] : understanding Iran in the global context /
edited by Amin Tarzi.
Quantico, VA : Marine Corps University Press ; Washington, DC : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2009.
1 online resource (vi, 106 p.) : map, chart
016084102X, 9780160841026
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Quantico, VA : Marine Corps University Press ; Washington, DC : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2009.
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Foreword / by Donald R. Gardner -- Introduction / by Amin Tarzi -- Iran under Ahmadinejad / by Ali M. Ansari -- Talking to Tehran : with whom, about what, and how? / by Karim Sadjadpour -- When U.S.-Iranian negotiations start : a primer / by Ronald E. Neumann -- The Iranian nuclear issue / by Simon Shercliff -- Iran's policies and Iraq / by Mohsen M. Milani -- Iran in the Israeli threat perception / by Gerald M. Steinberg -- Epilogue : The 2009 Iranian presidential election and its implications / by Karim Sadjapour.
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"The symposium from which these essays originated offered a forum to enhance the overall understanding of Iran, exploring its internal dynamics, regional perspectives, and extra-regional factors and examining its near-term political and strategic options and their potential impact on the United States and the Marine Corps"--p. v.
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This book contains the collected work from "The Iranian Puzzle Piece: Understanding Iran in the Global Context." This one-day international symposium, held at Marine Corps University (MCU), was cohosted by MCU and the Marine Corps University Foundation and was coordinated by the Marine Corps University's Middle East Studies (MES) that was established in 2007. The Islamic Republic of Iran, birthed from the legendary Persian Empire, remains the complex blend of fact and narrative described by Benjamin in 1902. It is this complexity that shapes Iranian national identity, policies, and strategies and defines its relations with others. The web of fact and fiction; history and legend; reality and perception bodes well for poetry, but it presents a challenge for political decision making in an international arena where waters are already muddied. A symposium at Marine Corps University, "The Iranian Puzzle Piece: Understanding Iran in the Global Context," held in September 2008, sought to clarify the waters--to examine the "puzzle piece" labeled Iran and understand how it fits into the larger, global puzzle. Out of that symposium came these papers, which provide insight into the multifaceted nature of Iran and its regime, examine the feasibility and possible outcomes of official engagement of the regime, and discuss the domestic, regional, and international implications of Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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