Turbulent Iran: Recollections, Revelations and a Proposal for Peace

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ENGAGING WITH IRAN

The United States does not have the luxury of engaging only
pleasant, democratic and tolerant governments.
The great challenge of effective diplomacy is to deal with,
and get results from, regimes that most Americans would
prefer did not exist.

— Ted Galen Carpenter
CATO Institute

Following the Bush administration’s U-turn, it took the E-3 and the U.S. most of the spring and summer of 2006 to devise a new strategy towards Iran’s nuclear activities. The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Xavier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO and himself a nuclear physicist flew to Teheran with an “incentives and penalties” package designed to coax and pressure the Iranians into a fresh round of negotiations in which the Americans could be expected to take part.

On his arrival, Solana told the Iranian foreign minister that he hoped this would open the door to “a new era of collaboration” between Iran and the rest of the world. This must be based on “trust and mutual respect.” The Iranians received Solana courteously. President Ahmadi-nejad described the still closely-guarded package as “helpful,” promised to study it carefully, and said that Iran would reply with “some ideas of our own.”

Seasoned diplomat as he is, Xavier Solana emphasized to the Iranians the advantages of a “deal” with their critics. Among the “incentives” he had to offer in return for their ending enrichment of uranium were:

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgements xvii
  • Part One 1
  • Discovering Persia as a Schoolboy 3
  • Brits and Persians 8
  • Mosaddegh Lifts His Nightgown 13
  • The Americans Move into Iran 19
  • The Shah's Dreams and Illusions 28
  • Ambassador Extraordinaire 34
  • Falling in Love with Iran 42
  • Bee-Pee and a Topless Beach 48
  • A Red-Haired Lady and a Blue Marchioness 55
  • Party at Persepolis 60
  • Radars and Trailers 65
  • Iranian Wheeler-Dealers 72
  • American's Iranian U-Turns 78
  • An Ambassador Poisoned, a Prime Minister Sacrificed 83
  • Black Friday 91
  • Could the Monarchy Have Been Saved? 95
  • Reaping the Whirlwind 101
  • The Flying Dutchman 106
  • Escape from Panama 115
  • The Corpses of Eagle Claw 125
  • Rescue at the London Embassy 129
  • Scuds and Chemical Weapons 133
  • Ollie North's Iranian Follies 140
  • Sanctions Have Failed 147
  • Reza Pah Lavi 154
  • They Came Not Empty-Handed 158
  • Orange County Opens a Dialogue 166
  • Histrionics at the Golden Mosque 174
  • The Reformer Whose Light Went out 182
  • Is Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad Bad or Mad? 188
  • Extracts from a Persian Letter 194
  • Part Two 197
  • Iranian Nuclear Turbulence 199
  • Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty 220
  • Part Three 223
  • Time to Talk 225
  • Engaging with Iran 236
  • Proposals for Peace 242
  • End Notes 251
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