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ILIAN BERMAN is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, with expertise on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation. He has consulted for the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and has assisted various governmental agencies and congressional offices. Mr. Berman is on the associated faculty at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. He also serves as a columnist for Forbes online and as the editor of the Journal of International Security Affairs. His most recent book is Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America (Regnery, 2013).
Are we on the cusp of détente with Iran? Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe so. Since the start of diplomacy between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 powers (the United States, France, England, Russia, China, Germany) in November 2013, hopes have been running high for a historic reconciliation of Iran’s clerical regime with the West.
Iran’s Deadly Ambition explains how America’s retraction from the Middle East has created significant breathing room for an Iranian regime that not long ago was on the political ropes.