Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

Stephen Kinzer

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0805091270

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The bestselling author of Overthrow offers a new and surprising vision for rebuilding America's strategic partnerships in the Middle East

What can the United States do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Stephen Kinzer offers a surprising answer in this paradigm-shifting book. Two countries in the region, he argues, are America's logical partners in the twenty-first century: Turkey and Iran.

Besides proposing this new "power triangle," Kinzer also recommends that the United States reshape relations with its two traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This book provides a penetrating, timely critique of America's approach to the world's most volatile region, and offers a startling alternative.

Kinzer is a master storyteller with an eye for grand characters and illuminating historical detail. In this book he introduces us to larger-than-life figures, like a Nebraska schoolteacher who became a martyr to democracy in Iran, a Turkish radical who transformed his country and Islam forever, and a colorful parade of princes, politicians, women of the world, spies, oppressors, liberators, and dreamers.

Kinzer's provocative new view of the Middle East is the rare book that will richly entertain while moving a vital policy debate beyond the stale alternatives of the last fifty years.

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minister of war, and forced the prime minister, then known as the Grand Vizier, to resign. Into this void stepped the revolutionary Young Turks, whose agents had organized the uprising. They seized power and installed their leader, Enver Pasha, a charismatic and ruthless general, in place of the murdered war minister. Enver quickly emerged as the crumbling empire’s dictator, ruling at the head of a triumvirate under a figurehead sultan but holding essential power in his own hands. Mustafa

Iran was left devastated. More than a million people lost their homes during this war. Ports, factories, bridges, irrigation works, and industrial complexes, including the refinery at Abadan, were bombed to rubble. Per capita income fell by half. “The war had two profound effects,” the Lebanese-American scholar Fawaz Gerges later concluded. “First, it deepened and widened anti-American feeling in Iran and made anti-American foreign policy a raison d’être of the Iranian government. Second, Iraq’s

alongside the Quincy at midmorning on February 14, 1945. Shortly after ten o’clock, Ibn Saud crossed the gangplank. Roosevelt greeted him warmly. It was Valentine’s Day, a fine time to form an alliance. Roosevelt was weak and sick—he would die just eight weeks later—but in his conversations with Ibn Saud he was, according to Ambassador Eddy, “a charming host, witty conversationalist, with the spark and light in his eyes and that gracious smile which always won people over to him whenever he

moderate figures. The opposite might happen. It is also possible that one side or the other would reject this plan so categorically that no amount of pressure and persuasion will have any effect. This possibility should not dissuade the United States from trying. The search for peace between Israel and Palestinians has dragged on for so long that it has created its own class of professionals. Some are earnest diplomats who have immersed themselves in the conflict’s minutiae with the sincere

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