Contents Foreword - Mark Bowden, The Atlantic Introduction Historical and Cultural Constants The Azerbaijan Crisis of 1945-47 The Oil Nationalization Crisis of 1951-53 The Embassy Hostage Crisis of 1979-81 Freeing the Lebanon Hostages The Lessons: Fourteen Steps to Success Overcoming Mutual Myth-Perceptions Bibliography Appendix Index
John W. Limbert was appointed Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy in August 2006 after a 33-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He was president of the American Foreign Service Association (2003-05) and ambassador to Mauritania (2000-03). Ambassador Limbert holds the Department of State's highest award-the Distinguished Service Award-and the Award for Valor, which he received in 1981 after fourteen months as a hostage in Iran. He has a PhD from Harvard University in history and Middle Eastern studies and has taught in Iranian high schools and at the University of Shiraz. He has written numerous articles on Middle Eastern subjects and has authored Iran: At War with History and Shiraz in the Age of Hafez.
"This is an excellent book and an important contribution to what is
rapidly becoming the central issue in American foreign policy.
Limbert draws on years of professional and personal experience to
explore and explain the problematic nature of Iran-U.S. relations
and to offer coherent and constructive solutions for the future.
Limbert is in the enviable position of being able to combine the
perspective of a historian with the immediacy of a diplomat who has
been at the forefront of America s tragic relationship with Iran,
to provide a penetrating yet accessible account of the
relationship. This book should be essential reading for students
and practitioners alike."-- Ali M. Ansari, University of St.
"A must-read for anyone who hopes for (or fears) an American reengagement with Iran. Superb diplomatic history focused on lessons learned rather than festering grievances. I hope Iranians read this as well as Americans. Limbert is one of our few genuine Iran experts."-- Richard W. Bulliet, Columbia University"
"Written by an author intimately familiar with the Persian language, history, and customs, this unique work addresses and sets aside many false but widespread preconceptions about Iran, Iranians, and Iranian culture. A useful addition to the literature on Iranian negotiating technique, style, and expectations, and a stand-alone book on the subject, this study is very timely. Iran has emerged as a regional power; on many crucial issues the United States and Iran are at a loggerhead; and the new American administration intends to launch on direct engagement with Iran. For Americans, understanding Iranian negotiating behavior is clearly critical at this juncture."-- Haleh Esfandiari, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars"