Academic journal article Military Review

GOING TO TEHRAN: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran

Academic journal article Military Review

GOING TO TEHRAN: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran

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GOING TO TEHRAN Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2012, 389 pages, $28.00

WHAT IS THE United States going to do about Iran? In Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett put forth their unconventional thoughts in a history about international relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States.

The book's main argument is that the U.S. posture and thinking toward the Islamic Republic of Iran must change in order to pursue U.S. interests in the Middle East. The authors are critical of five U.S. administrations' approaches to Iran and assert that diplomacy, cooperation, and top-down leadership starting with the president of the United States will be the only way to avoid another conflict and preserve U.S. interests in the region.

The Leveretts have extensive experience on this subject, which strengthens the credibility of their arguments. Flynt Leverett (Ph.D.) has worked at the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, and is a founding faculty member of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. Hillary Mann Leverett (J.D.) has worked with the U.S. State Department and National Security Council in Middle Eastern Affairs for the two Bush and the Clinton administrations. The book is well documented and noted with several outside sources and personal experiences to support their assertions.

Readers in the defense community will find several things attractive about the book. …

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