Worlds Apart: A Documentary History of US-Iran Relations, 1978-2018
The first panel of the Global Middle East Seminar Series for the Fall 2021 semester, authors Malcolm Byrne and Kian Byrne will discuss their new book, Worlds Apart: A Documentary History of US-Iranian Relations, 1978-2018. In this unique history, Byrne and Byrne put the records first to explore the key themes, trends, and issues that have defined, and at times plagued, the US-Iranian relationship over the past 40 years.
A relationship beset with extraordinary acrimony, the US and Iran rarely see eye-to-eye, if only to avoid war or nuclear catastrophe. What is at the core of this troubled rivalry that has stymied policymakers and scholars alike? Using a carefully selected collection of White House, CIA, State Department, and other records, Worlds Apart provides a comprehensive answer to this question: starting from the 1979 revolution and hostage crisis, through the Iran-Iraq War and the spread of radical Islam, to 9/11 and the nuclear impasse, to the 2009 Green Movement and the Obama and Trump presidencies. The records, which form the heart of the book, offer a rare, unfiltered view into the perspectives and experiences of the American and Iranian governments over 40 years. Providing timelines, glossaries, discussion questions, and a guide on reading declassified documents, Byrne and Byrne explore this complicated relationship accessibly and innovatively in this unique documentary history.
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