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

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 swap a greater process? How can the U.S. top handle the continued turmoil in Tehran? This publication offers a definitive and accomplished research of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses easy methods to circulate towards extra optimistic family among the 2 discordant states.

Trita Parsi, a center East international coverage specialist with vast Capitol Hill and United countries adventure, interviewed 70 high-ranking officers from the united states, Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the pinnacle American and Iranian negotiators—for this ebook. 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 genuine purposes for his or her present stalemate. opposite to triumphing opinion, Parsi contends that international relations has now not been absolutely attempted. for varied purposes, Obama's international relations ended up being a unmarried roll of the cube. It needed to paintings both immediately—or in no way. patience and perseverance are keys to any negotiation. Neither Iran nor the U.S. had them in 2009.

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The Europeans, however, were quick to take some comfort from a book by another US foreign policy scholar, Joseph Nye (2002), whose thesis was rather that the world is moving in Europe’s direction. International power, he said, does not need to rest on force and be discretionary. It can be based on, and draw legitimacy from, commonly agreed rules. In short, there can be something called soft power. This was exactly what the Europeans wanted to hear. Being a soft power could reconcile the aspiration to play a world role and the aversion to force.

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