Iran, Israel, and the United States
Regime Security vs. Political Legitimacy
by Jalil Roshandel with Nathan Chapman Lean
June 2011, 186pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38697-8
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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.

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
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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