Iran and the Rise of its Neoconservatives


The essential guide to the politics to this turbulent nation, whose importance to world security has never been more keenly felt.

the election of the hard-line  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Iranian Presidency tn 2005 shocked the world- In this compelling book, Iran experts Anoush Ehteshami and Mahjoub Zweiri penetrate the labyrinth of Iran politics and reveal the forces that brought Ahmadinejad to power. They argue that the power base behind Ahmadinejad represents a kind of Iranian version of American neo-conservatism. Politicians and clerics exiled from influence under the reformist President Khatami have seized their chance to get back in to power and push an uncompromising foreign policy agenda. In an analysis  that has major implications for US and EU policymaker,  Ehteshami and Zweiri examine this group’s agenda on issues like Iraq and nuclear enrichment, and assess its strategies for implementing it.


Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relation and Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at the University of Durham, where he is also Director of the Institute for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Mahjoob Zweiri is a fellow in the Modern Political History of the Middle East at the University of Durham.

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