Confronting Iran - the Failure of American Foreign Policy

Iran expert Ali Ansari sets the current crisis in the context of a long history of mutual antagonism.

Iran expert Ali Ansari sets the current crisis in the context of a long history of mutual antagonism.

Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations, Iran and the U.S. have loomed large in each other's domestic politics for decades. From the overthrow of Mosaddeq in 1953 to the hostage crisis in 1979 and, more recently, the Gulf War and the War in Iraq, both Iranian and American politicians have forged narratives about an "evil empire" lying half a world away. This mutual mistrust has militated against detente between the two nations and may ultimately lead to war.

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