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Author Green, Jerrold D.

Title Understanding Iran / Jerrold D. Green, Frederic Wehrey, Charles Wolf, Jr.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2009]


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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 143 pages) : color illustrations.
Series RAND Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-143).
Contents Introduction -- Features of the Iranian system -- Conclusion: Iran is unlike other countries but hardly beyond understanding -- Appendixes: A. Workshop agenda -- B. Workshop papers -- Decisionmaking for national security: the nuclear case / Shahram Chubin -- Negotiating with Iran: a case study / James Dobbins -- Iran's defense establishment / Anoush Ehteshami -- Negotiating with Iran / Jerrold D. Green -- Understanding Ayatollah Khameini: the leader's thoughts on Israel, the U.S., and the nuclear program / Karim Sadjadpour -- The politics of factionalism in Iran / Koichiro Tanaka -- Economic decisionmaking in Iran / Koichiro Tanaka -- Iran in the Arab spere: debating legitimacy, sovereignty, and regional order / Fred Wehrey -- Iran's oil sector: questions, puzzles, explanations / Charles Wolf, Jr. -- C. Biographies of workshop participants.
Summary "Over the years, there have been numerous efforts to locate the roots of the Islamic Republic's intentions and motivations in the distinctiveness of its political culture and history. A rich and ancient nation, Iran has always beguiled outsiders. This complexity, combined with America's lack of access to Iran since 1979, has produced a peculiar view of the Islamic Republic, a view defined by mystique and a superficial reading that places too much emphasis on Iran's 'abnormal' and 'exceptional' characteristics. This document is a short, accessible guide intended to help U.S. policymakers understand the Islamic Republic. It offers a set of short analytic observations about the processes, institutions, networks, and actors that define Iran's politics, strategy, economic policy, and diplomacy. From these, it sets out an argument for appreciating the challenges and fundamentals of negotiating with Iran."--Summary, pages ix.
Note Print version record.
Subject Iran -- Politics and government -- 1997-
Iran -- Economic conditions -- 1997-
Iran -- Foreign relations -- 1997-
Electronic books -- UML.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
Iran -- internal politics.
Iran -- foreign policy.
Chronological Term Since 1997
Added Author Wehrey, Frederic M.
Wolf, Charles, Jr., 1924-2016
Rand Corporation.
Other Form: Print version: Green, Jerrold D. Understanding Iran. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, ©2009 9780833045584 083304558X (DLC) 2008035190 (OCoLC)244246583
ISBN 9780833046772 (electronic bk.)
0833046772 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/MG-771-SRF
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