Iran's Long Reach

Iran as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World
October 2008
156 Pages
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As the third book in the series from the Institute’s Muslim World Initiative on pivotal states in the Muslim world, this lucid and timely volume sheds much-needed light on Iran’s strikingly complex political system and foreign policy and its central role in the region.

“Suzanne Maloney has written an insightful and sober analysis of Iran as a ‘pivotal state’ that poses a major strategic challenge to its neighbors and to the security interests of the United States. She captures the external factors that have increased Iranian influence in recent years and the internal contradictions that could dramatically alter Iran’s path. She has also suggested sensible ways to engage a country that will remain pivotal for the foreseeable future because of its location, resources, and revolutionary ideology. Iran’s Long Reach is a valuable addition to current scholarship on Iran.”

—Barbara Slavin, author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

Suzanne Maloney

Suzanne Maloney is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy and formerly served on the policy-planning staff of the State Department.

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