Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs

Paperback | April 11, 2011

byRay Takeyh

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Revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills - the unending war of words suggests an intractable divide between Iran and the West. But as RayTakeyh shows in this accessible and authoritative history of Iran's relations with the world since the revolution, behind the famous personalities and extremist slogans is a nation that is far more pragmatic - and complex - than many in the West have been led to believe. Takeyh explodes many of oursimplistic myths of Iran as an intransigently Islamist foe of the West. He shows that three powerful forces - Islamism, pragmatism, and great power pretensions - war against one another in Iran, and that Iran's often paradoxical policies are in reality a series of compromises between the hardlinersand the moderates, often with wild oscillations between pragmatism and ideological dogmatism. The U.S.'s task, Takeyh argues, is to find strategies that address Iran's objectionable behavior without demonizing this key player in an increasingly vital and volatile region. Updated with an afterwordthat covers the momentous protests following the 2009 Iranian elections, Guardians of the Revolution will stand as the standard work on this controversial - and central - actor in world politics for years to come.

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Revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills - the unending war of words suggests an intractable divide between Iran and the West. But as RayTakeyh shows in this accessible and authoritati...

Ray Takeyh is a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Hidden Iran and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199754101

ISBN - 13:9780199754106

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Through the Looking Glass: Iran's Approach to the WorldPart One: The Revolutionary Years1. Khomeini's Ideology and Iran's Grand Strategy2. Relations with the "Great Satan"3. Turmoil in Levant: Iran, Israel and the politics of Arab East4. Iran-Iraq WarPart Two: The Rise of Pragmatism and the New Priorities5. Pragmatic Restraint: Iranian Politics during the Rafsanjani era6. Reconciliation Diplomacy and its Limits7. The SatansPart Three: The Age of Reform8. The Odyssey of the Reform Movement9. September 11th and the Politics of Fear, Hope and NecessityPart Four: Hegemony at last?10. The Rise of the New Right11. The Ahmadinejad EraAfterword: The Green Revolution

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"An excellent way to take the measure of revolutionary Iran today is to read this up-to-date, well-researched, and perceptive history of its foreign policy since 1979." --Foreign Affairs