The first detailed Iranian account of the diplomatic struggle between Iran and the international community, The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir opens in 2002, as news of Iran’s clandestine uranium enrichment and plutonium production facilities emerge. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, previously the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’sSupreme National Security Council and spokesman for Tehran’s nuclear negotiating team, brings the reader into Tehran’s private deliberations as its leaders wrestle with internal and external adversaries.Mousavian provides readers with intimate knowledge of Iran’s interactions with the International Atomic Energy Agency and global powers. His personal story comes alive as he vividly recounts his arrest and interrogations on charges of espionage. Dramatic episodes of diplomatic missions tell much about the author and the swirling dynamics of Iranian politics and diplomacy—undercurrents that must be understood now more than ever.As intense debate continues over the direction of Iran’s nuclear program, Mousavian weighs the likely effects of military strikes, covert action, sanctions, and diplomatic engagement, considering their potential to resolve the nuclear crisis.Contents1. The Origin and Development of Iran’s Nuclear Program2. The First Crisis3. From Tehran to Paris4. From the Paris Agreement to the 2005 Presidential Election5. The Larijani Period6. To the Security Council7. Back to the Security Council and a New Domestic Situation8. Iran Alone: The Jalili Period9. U.S. Engagement10. The Crisis Worsens11. Conclusion
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Published July 12, 2012
by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
History, Political & Social Sciences.