Iran, Israel, and the United States

Regime Security vs. Political Legitimacy

by Jalil Roshandel with Nathan Chapman Lean


Historically, the relationship between Iran, Israel, and the United States has been uneasy and troubled. While the U.S. government would like to move forward, the Iranians who oppose American foreign policy today clearly have not yet forgotten the events and aftermath of the 1979 hostage crisis.

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June 2011


Pages 186
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security

Providing an unbiased analysis of the past, present, and future of the hostile relationship between Iran, Israel, and the United States, this book presents an up-to-date discussion of the security implications for each of the two states as well as the entire region.

Ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel are highly dangerous for the Middle East and have the potential to spark another major war in the region, perhaps on a much larger scale than prior conflicts. Such a confrontation between the two nations would jeopardize regional and international security, and is of immediate concern for the United States.

In this new book noted scholar Jalil Roshandel provides an in-depth look at topics such as Iranian state support for terrorism, its pursuit of nuclear capability and weapons, the implications of this activity for Israel, and their relations with the Iraqi Kurdish region. The United States' role in this conflict is also detailed, including a history if its relations with Iran, policy with Israel, and position as potential mediator. This book offers valuable context that explains the evolution of these relationships rather than simply summarizing the past and present situations, and concludes with thought-provoking policy alternatives for decision makers.


  • Illustrates the complex relationship between Iran and Israel though an examination of historic events
  • Provides a comprehensive bibliography of significant materials from the fields of history, politics, and international relations
  • Includes an index of subjects, names, places, events, and related issues


  • Documents the causes of the ongoing war of words between Iran and Israel
  • Examines the use of proxy groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah by Iran to sort out political disagreement and religious divergence
  • Explains Israel's possible reaction to Iran's nuclear reactor and other potential weapons technology
  • Explores U.S. and international community security implications
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Written by subject experts and well-known researchers, the books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, first responders, economists, journalists, civil servants, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth reflections, thorough analysis, and international perspectives that are unavailable in mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students and researchers as well as anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

Jalil Roshandel, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Security Studies program at the Department of Political Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. His published works include Jihad and International Security and The United States and Iran. He received his PhD in political science at the Université Toulouse I, France, and was the deputy dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Tehran, Iran. Roshandel has since been a researcher and professor at many leading universities and research institutions in Europe and the United States, including Copenhagen Peace Research Institute; Stanford University; University of California, Los Angeles; and Duke University.

Nathan Chapman Lean received an MA in international studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. His research interests include Islam, international security, and cultural diplomacy. Under the auspices of a State Department scholarship, Lean gained advanced proficiency in Arabic in Tunisia. His graduate thesis, "Islam and the West: Problematizing a Discourse of Dualism," was nominated for a thesis prize with the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

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