Here’s a link to my chapter on “The Future of US-Iran Relations” in an edited volume (pictured above) due out in February 2014. Even though there have been a number of big developments in the relationship since I first wrote this piece, I believe the logic behind the likely scenario explained in my piece remains the same.
Occidental College political scientist Hussein Banai, co-author of Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988, said that there’s no straightforward answer to this question. Iran’s long-term enmity toward the United States is a separate matter from negotiations over the nuclear issue. “Revolution,” in Iran, “is built on an opposition to western imperialism and arrogance,” said Banai. There is a vested interest within the Iranian regime in keeping the enmity alive.
So, asked Lewis, has anything really changed since 1979?
“We live in a far more transparent world today, and that I think presents a new set of difficulties, not to mention the economic situation” in Iran today, said Banai, which is a tremendous problem.
My interview with BBC Persian for a documentary on the Iran-Iraq War.
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