paq.push(['trackEvent', 'Analytics', 'Data Analytics', 'MCUP Analytics']); Example: Email Us"


The Iranian Puzzle Piece

Understanding Iran in the Global Context

Edited by Amin Tarzi

The symposium at Marine corps University, “The Iranian Puzzle Piece: Understanding Iran in the Global context,” held in September 2008, sought to clarify the waters—to examine the “puzzle piece” labeled Iran and understand how it fits into the larger, global puzzle. Out of that symposium came these chapters, which provide insight into the multifaceted nature of Iran and its regime, examine the feasibility and possible outcomes of official engagement of the regime, and discuss the domestic, regional, and international implications of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Amin Tarzi is director of Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He supports the university by providing a resident scholar with expertise in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf region. His latest work, The Taliban and the Crisis in Afghanistan (2008), is a coedited volume with Robert D. crews of Stanford University.



By Amin Tarzi

Chapter One: Iran Under Ahmadinejad

By Ali M. Ansari

Chapter Two: Talking to Tehran: With Whom, About What, and How?
By Karim Sadjadpour

Chapter Three: When U.S.-Iranian Negotiations Start: A Primer

By Ronald E. Neumann

Chapter Four: The Iranian Nuclear Issue

By Simon Shercliff

Chapter Five: Iran’s Policies and Iraq

By Mohsen M. Milani

Chapter Six: Iran in the Israeli Threat Perception

By Gerald M. Steinberg

Epilogue: The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and Its Implications

By Karim Sadjadpour


6 x 9 paperback
120 pages
PDF download

Marine Corps University