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Losing an Enemy
Monday, July 17, 2017

Francois Nicoullaud
Trita Parsi has written a great book about what remains the most outstanding diplomatic feat of the 21st century. It is the first work to describe in detail the whole course of the extraordinarily complex international negotiation that led to the conclusion in Vienna on July 14, 2015 of the now famous Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—the arrangement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, UK, US), plus Germany to cap Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shireen T. Hunter
Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order provides the first truly comprehensive, in-depth survey of Iranian foreign policy, issue-by-issue and country-by-country, since the Islamic Revolution. To help readers understand both the what and the what and the why of Iran's role in the world and formulate useful responses to that role, the author provides a detailed analysis of Iranian foreign policy in all its dimensions.


Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Accord and Détente since the Geneva Agreement of 2013
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nader Entessar And Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In November 2013, a historic agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was reached between Iran and the world powers, raising the prospects for a long-term agreement that would end the Iran nuclear crisis and set the stage for normal relations between Iran and the West. 

Mr. Ambassador: Conversation with Mohammd Javad Zarif – Former Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mohammad Mehdi Raji
The Book, as indicated in the introduction by Mr. Raji – the interviewer/author – is the product of 40 hours of exchange, spanning a period between Winter 2011 and Spring 2012, at Dr. Zarif’s office at the School of International Relations, associated with the Iranian Foreign Ministry. 

Iran's Nuclear Program and International Law
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Daniel H. Joyner
This book provides an international legal analysis of the most important questions regarding Iran's nuclear program since 2002. Setting these legal questions in their historical and diplomatic context, this book aims to clarify how the relevant sources of international law - including primarily the 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and IAEA treaty law - should be properly applied in the context of the Iran case. It provides an instructional case study of the application of these sources of international law, the lessons which can be applied to inform both the on-going legal and diplomatic dynamics surrounding the Iran nuclear dispute itself, as well as similar future cases.

Sustainable Energy Strategy for Iran
Friday, August 12, 2016

Saeed Moshiri, Stefan Lechtenböhmer
The book is based on long-term academic cooperation between Iranian researchers from several universities and the Iranian Energy Association and German researchers from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Büro Ö-quadrat and the University of Osnabrück. The initiative started in 2003 to assemble acquired knowledge on strategies regarding sustainable energy and make the most recent and up-to-date research accessible to Iran and its scientific and political institutions. The book in hand is an important result of the collaboration. So its publication lends itself to taking stock of these twelve years of continued cooperation.

Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jeremy R. Hammond
With incisive and provocative analysis, Jeremy R. Hammond provides a meticulously documented account that explodes popular myths and deconstructs standard narratives about the Israel-Palestine conflict. For anyone seeking a better understanding of the conflict’s root causes, the true reasons for its persistence, and the way forward, Obstacle to Peace delivers the knowledge and insights to effect the paradigm shift required to achieve justice and peace in the Middle East.

Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tarek Osman
This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities.

US Foreign Policy in Central Asia: Trends and Perspectives
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vali Kouzehgar Kaleji
As put by the author, the main goal of this research is comprehensive study and analysis of the “foreign policy of the United States of America in Central Asia from 1991 to 2015.”

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
Monday, April 18, 2016

Parag Khanna
The book explores the future of geopolitics through the lens of our rapidly unfolding global infrastructural networks in energy, transportation and communications. The Eurasian landmass as the site of the “New Silk Roads” is a particular focus, especially China’s infrastructure across Eurasia to Europe and the Mideast, the opening Iran (based on my July 2015 trip there), the role of Dubai and other GCC city-states as regional investors, and how infrastructure can play a positive role in a future post-Sykes Picot map of the Middle East.

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