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Iran - Options for US Strategy

February 2014
Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
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Iran - Foreign Relations - United States
Iran - Politics
Nuclear Weapons

Ruhani, Hasan, 1948-
Sanctions (International Law)
Strategy - United States

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Brookings Institution. Iran
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Iran Section
Center for Strategic & International Studies
CNN. Middle East
New York Times. Iran

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
The Guardian. Iran
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Policy Analysis: Iran
United States Institute of Peace. Iran Primer

Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines

Recent Books & Documents

Abrams, Elliott and others.   Iran: The Nuclear Challenge, edited by Robert D. Blackwill.  New York, Council on Foreign Relations, 2012.  77 p.
Book call no.: 355.02170955 I653

Crist, David.  The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran.  New York, Penguin Press, 2012.  638 p.
Book call no.: 327.73055 C933t

Douglass, Charles A. and Hays, Michael D.  A US Strategy for Iran.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University Press, 2008.  108 p. (Walker paper, 11)
Book call no.: 327.73055 D737u

Joshi, Shashank.  The Permanent Crisis: Iran's Nuclear Trajectory.  Abingdon, UK, RUSI, 2012.  133 p. (Whitehall papers, no. 79)
Book call no.: 355.0217 J831p

Kemp, Geoffrey.  War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences.  Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013.  253 p.
Book call no.: 327.73055 K32w

Leverett, Flynt Lawrence and Leverett, Hillary Mann.  Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran. New York, Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2013.  478 p.
Book call no.: 327.73055 L661g

Patrikarakos, David.  Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State.  London, I.B. Tauris, 2012.  340 p.
Book call no.: 355.02170955 P314n

Pirseyedi, Bobi.  Arms Control and Iranian Foreign Policy: Diplomacy of Discontent.  New York, Routledge, 2013.  288 p.
Book call no.: 327.1740955 P672a

Pollack, Kenneth M.  Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy.  New York, Simon & Schuster, 2013.  536 p.
Book call no.: 355.02170955 P771u

Pollack, Kenneth M. and others.  Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran.  Washington, Brookings Institution Press, 2009.  241 p.
"Originally released as Analysis paper 20, June 2009"
 Book call no.: 327.73055 W571

More books and documents on:  "IRAN FOREIGN".

Recent Articles

Bolan, Christopher J.  The Iranian Nuclear Debate: More Myths Than Facts Parameters  43, no. 2:77-88  Summer 2013.

Borghard, Erica D. and Rapp-Hooper, Mira.  Hizbullah and the Iranian Nuclear Programme Survival   55, no. 4:85-106  August - September 2013.

Copley, Gregory R.  A True Iran-US Rapprochement Would Change the Strategic Landscape Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy  41, no. 11/12:8-9  November - December 2013.

Dobbins, James.  Coping with a Nuclearising Iran Survival  53, no. 6:37-50  December 2011 - January 2012.

Ganji, Akbar.  Who is Ali Khamenei?: The Worldview of Iran's Supreme Leader Foreign Affairs  92, no. 5:24-48  September - October 2013.

Goldman, Zachary K and Rapp-Hooper, Mira.  Conceptualizing Containment: The Iranian Threat and the Future of Gulf Security Political Science Quarterly  128, no. 4:589-616  Winter 2013 - 2014.

Hymans, Jacques E. C. and Gratias, Matthew S.  Iran and the Nuclear Threshold The Nonproliferation Review  20, no 1:13-38  2013.

Jones, Peter.  Hope and Disappointment: Iran and the Arab Spring Survival  55, no. 4:73-84  August - September 2013.

Maloney, Suzanne.  Engagement with Iran: The Sequel The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs  37, no. 1:91-103  Winter 2013.

Milani, Mohsen.  Is US-Iran Détente Possible?  Current History  112, no. 758:345-348  December 2013.

Riedel, Bruce.  The Mideast After Iran Gets the Bomb Current History  109, no. 731:370-375  December 2010.

Schneider, Mark B.  Has Iran Covertly Acquired Nuclear Weapons?  Comparative Strategy  32, no. 4:308-312  September - October 2013.

Sherrill, Clifton W.  Why Iran Wants the Bomb and What it Means for US Policy The Nonproliferation Review  19, no. 1:31-49  March 2012.

Tarzi, Amin.  The Safeguard of the Iranian Regime: Nuclear Weapons Program MES Insights  4, no. 5  November 2013.

Air University Research

Iran AND "Strategy-United States"

"Iran Foreign"


Blackwill, Robert D., Presider.  Iran: The Nuclear Challenge.  New York, Council on Foreign Relations, June 7, 2012.  60 min.
A panel discussion marking the release of CFR's new ebook, Iran: The Nuclear Challenge.  Panelists: Elliott Abrams, Robert M. Danin, and Richard A. Falkenrath. 
Title available in Fairchild Bookstacks (355.02170955 I653).

Center for Strategic & International Studies, Alterman, Jon B. moderator, Einhorn, Robert, Esfandiari, Haleh, and Hunt, Al.  Global Security Forum 2013: Can a U.S.-Iran Deal Work?  Washington, Center for Strategic & International Studies, November 5, 2013.  76 minutes.
Panel discussion.

Cordesman, Anthony H. and others.  The US and Iran: Sanctions, Energy, Arms Control, and Regime Change.  Washington, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 17, 2013.  191 p.

Cordesman, Anthony H. and Gold, Bryan.  The Gulf Military Balance Vol. II: The Missile and Nuclear Dimensions.  Washington, Center for Strategic & International Studies, December 9, 2013.  276 p.

Cordesman, Anthony H. and Toukan, Abdullah.  Analyzing the Impact of Preventive Strikes Against Iran's Nuclear Facilities.  Washington, Center for Strategic & International Studies, revised September 10, 2012.  97 p.

Crist, David.  The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran.  Philadelphia, PA, Foreign Policy Research Institute, October 27, 2012.  67 min.

Doria, Mark J.  Dealing With a Nuclear Iran: Applying Historical Lessons in Deterrence.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University, Air War College, 2012.  20 p.

Foley, Matthew J.  What if Iran Cries Uncle?: Challenges to Verification of an Abandoned Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University, Air War College, 2013.  23 p.

Joint Plan of Action.  Geneva, November 24, 2013.  4 p.

Murdough, Matthew P.  Nuclear Breakout in Iran: Motivations, Breakout Strategies, and U.S. Options for Shaping the Future.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University, 2012.  100 p.

Nader, Alireza.  Iran after the Bomb: How would a Nuclear-Armed Tehran Behave?  Santa Monica, CA, RAND Corporation, 2013.  40 p. (Research Reports, RR-310)

Nader, Alireza, Kimball, Daryl, and Pillar, Paul.  Making Sense of Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Good Deal or a Bad Deal?  Santa Monica, CA, RAND, 48 min. (RAND Congressional Briefing Series)
May be unavailable from government network.

Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013.  S. 1881, 113th Congress, 1st Session.  Washington, GPO, December 20, 2013.  54 p.
Status as of January 27, 2014: Reported by Committee.

Rafique, Najam and Shah, Babar.  Political and Economic Impact of Nuclear-related Sanctions on Iran and its Foreign Policy Options Strategic Studies  32, no. 4/33, no. 1:15-25  Winter 2012 - Spring 2013.

Tarzi, Amin.  What Every American Needs to Know about Iran.  Philadelphia, PA, Foreign Policy Research Institute, October 27, 2012.  78 min.
Lecture by Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University.

Vaez, Ali and Sadjadpour, Karim.  Iran's Nuclear Odyssey: Costs and Risks.  Washington, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, April 2013.  52 p.

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