Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 27, 2005 - History - 203 pages
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Exploring continuities and changes, this book provides the historical backdrop crucial to understanding how Iranian pride and sense of victimization combine to make its politics contentious and potentially dangerous. From the struggle between the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini to the current tension between the reformers and traditionalists, a central issue in Iranian domestic politics has long been its place in the world and relations with the West.

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PATRICK CLAWSON is Deputy Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has written or edited more than twenty books, primarily on contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Prior to joining The Washington Institute in 1997, his previous positions included four years each as senior economist at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he edited the foreign policy quarterly Orbis, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

MICHAEL RUBIN is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Between 2002 and 2004, he worked as a staff advisor for Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in which capacity he was seconded to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. His dissertation, The Making of Modern Iran, 1858-1909: Communications, Telegraph and Society won Yale's top John Addison Porter Prize.