A Single Roll of the Dice by Trita Parsi
Obama's Diplomacy with Iran

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9 Critic Reviews

...is written with an ersatz air of objective analysis, employing a coolly neutral tone and a prose style straight out of a diplomatic press release.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration toward Iran failed? Was the Bush administration's emphasis on military intervention, refusal to negotiate, and pursuit of regime change a better approach? How can the United States best address the ongoing turmoil in Tehran? This book provides a definitive and comprehensive analysis of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses the best way to move toward more positive relations between the two discordant states.

Trita Parsi, a Middle East foreign policy expert with extensive Capitol Hill and United Nations experience, interviewed 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators—for this book. Parsi uncovers the previously unknown story of American and Iranian negotiations during Obama's early years as president, the calculations behind the two nations' dealings, and the real reasons for their current stalemate. Contrary to prevailing opinion, Parsi contends that diplomacy has not been fully tried. For various reasons, Obama's diplomacy ended up being a single roll of the dice. It had to work either immediately—or not at all. Persistence and perseverance are keys to any negotiation. Neither Iran nor the U.S. had them in 2009.

 

About Trita Parsi

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Trita Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2010 he received the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and he is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. He lives in McLean, VA.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Yale University Press. 303 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for A Single Roll of the Dice
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Julian Borger on Mar 21 2012

...a carefully balanced and thoroughly researched account of the tortured US-Iranian relationship in recent years.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by SOHRAB AHMARI on Jan 23 2012

...is written with an ersatz air of objective analysis, employing a coolly neutral tone and a prose style straight out of a diplomatic press release.

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The Economist

Excellent
Reviewed by The Economist on Feb 25 2012

His analysis of the grim stalemate that has characterised relations between the Great Satan and the mullahs since 1979 is both absorbing and frustrating.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle Pletka on Feb 10 2012

If you crack open Trita Parsi’s new book, you will learn that on a fateful day in 2003, an “opportunity for a major breakthrough had been willfully wasted.”...

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The National

Below average
Reviewed by Fran Hawthorne on Feb 10 2012

...despite carefully pruning all these trees, misses the forest. Never once does the book acknowledge what many already assume: that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

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New Statesman

Excellent
Reviewed by NORMAN LAMONT on Mar 06 2012

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, argues that diplomacy with Iran did not fail but was prematurely abandoned.

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Foreign Affairs

Excellent
Reviewed by L. Carl Brown

This eminently readable, sometimes gripping book also examines the Iranian side of the equation and details the roles of many others players: the EU, Russia, China, the Arab states, Turkey, and even Brazil.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Los Angeles Review of Books on Aug 30 2012

No one who wants to understand why the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities has proved so intractable can hope to find a better-informed, more balanced or more readable account.

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Asia Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Downing on Feb 11 2012

This impressive follow-up, a study of events since President Barack Obama came to office in 2009, is welcome and exceptionally well-timed.

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