Iran and its Place Among Nations

Wastnidge, Edward (2012). Iran and its Place Among Nations. Iranian Studies, 45(1) pp. 149–152.



[Book review] This book attempts to both describe and prescribe the place of Iran in the international community. Drawing primarily on Iran’s foreign relations in the twentieth century, the authors have a pragmatic intent at heart, hence the book’s prescriptive nature. While Iran and its Place Among Nations is a relatively short book, it manages to offer a wide-ranging overview of Iran’s relations with the international community past and present, and it is a broadly well-balanced work. The book’s main strength lies in its accessibility, making it of use to students and general interest readers of Iran and the wider Middle East and those with an interest in foreign policy, while the problem-solving approach may also be of use to policy makers. A key argument of the authors is that policy makers in both Iran and the West (primarily the United States) need to reappraise their past and present actions and work to reduce the mutual mistrust that currently clouds relations. To this end they assert that the United States needs to accept Iran’s national interests and rights as an independent actor, and that the Islamic Republic needs to adhere to diplomatic conventions and reconsider its domestic and foreign policy outlook to take its rightful place among the international community

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