Treacherous Alliance - Parsi, Trita - Yale University Press
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Treacherous Alliance

The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

  • Trita Parsi
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Silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award, given by the Council on Foreign Relations

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2008.

Winner of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, given by the University of Louisville

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In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region.


Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that Americaís hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry.


Parsiís behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Iranís prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Iranís plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle Eastís recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In todayís belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.



Trita Parsi is president, National Iranian American Council, and adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies). He writes frequently about the Middle East and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS News Hour, CNN, and other news programs.