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Understanding the US-Iran Crisis
A Primer
Phyllis Bennis

4¼” x 7” • 134 pages
ISBN 9781566567312 (UK ISBN 9781844370801) • paperback • $10.00

The Bush administration spent years claiming the worst about Iran--its nuclear ambitions, its support for terrorism, its ambitions in the Middle East--and war has often seemed only a step away. How did relations between the US and Iran come to be in this state? Is Iran in fact a serious threat? Which of these dire claims are even true? This primer provides an essential history and analysis of US­-Iranian relations and their current state of crisis. Bennis's clarity and expertise provide a counterweight to America's aggression toward Iran as she explores how the two nations can move forward without war. This book is an invaluable response to years of fear-mongering, giving voice to diplomats, activists, and all those concerned with stopping the cycle of violence across the region.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and Director of its New Internationalism Program. She is also a Fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Her areas include U.S. unilateralism and empire, the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq), and US-United Nations relations. She is the author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Ending the Iraq War, Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power, Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN, and Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism. Earlier books include From Stones to Statehood: The Palestinian Uprising, Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order, and Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader.

Bennis appears frequently as a commentator/analyst on U.S. and international television and radio programs, including "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, the CBS "Morning Show," NPR's "Diane Rehm Show," and many others on CNN, BBC, Fox, CBC, and al-Jazeera TV. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), TomPaine.com, New York Newsday, Soera (Amsterdam), Papeles (Madrid), die Tageszeitung (Berlin), The Philadelphia Enquirer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Middle East Report (MERIP), The Nation, Middle East International, Mother Jones, Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), and many other publications.


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"Bennis's book seeks to provide all 'information needed to answer the cries for war' with a concise summation (and point by point deconstruction) of how the Bush administration has beaten the drums for war with Iran. Bennis (Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict) also includes a brief history of American-Iranian relations, arguing that American attitudes have consistently been informed by economic considerations, particularly in regards to oil; referring to Iran's successful efforts to sell its oil for international currencies other than the dollar, the author writes that American anxiety over Iranian nuclear capabilities 'must be viewed in the context of far more longstanding U.S. concerns over Iran's decades-long efforts... to weaken its potential competitors... in the Middle East.' The writing is clear and convincing… those who fear an attack on Iran…will find this book helpful in marshaling their arguments against such action."
-- Publishers Weekly


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