A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran by Trita Parsi

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By Trita Parsi

Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama management towards Iran failed? used to be the Bush administration's emphasis on army intervention, refusal to barter, and pursuit of regime switch a greater strategy? How can the U.S. most sensible deal with the continuing turmoil in Tehran? This e-book presents a definitive and finished research of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses the right way to circulation towards extra optimistic kinfolk among the 2 discordant states.

Trita Parsi, a center East overseas coverage professional with vast Capitol Hill and United international locations event, interviewed 70 high-ranking officers from the united states, Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the head American and Iranian negotiators—for this publication. Parsi uncovers the formerly unknown tale of yank and Iranian negotiations in the course of Obama's early years as president, the calculations at the back of the 2 nations' dealings, and the true purposes for his or her present stalemate. opposite to triumphing opinion, Parsi contends that international relations has no longer been absolutely attempted. for numerous purposes, Obama's international relations ended up being a unmarried roll of the cube. It needed to paintings both immediately—or in no way. endurance and perseverance are keys to any negotiation. Neither Iran nor the U.S. had them in 2009.

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