IRAN & THE U.S., THE SECRET YEARS OF DIALOGUE, part 1 of 2


Waging Wisdom

red and green building patternThe history of U.S. – Iran relations has traveled rough and tumble roads since 1979, when the two states closed their embassies in each other’s country and broke off formal diplomatic ties. But between 1997 and 2003, those relations were becoming a bit smoother. Unknown to most Americans, U.S. – Iran relations had been quietly, albeit gingerly, becoming slightly more cooperative during the closing years of the Clinton presidency when Madeleine Albright was U.S. Secretary of State.

This cautiously improving context was the one in which the George W. Bush White House snubbed the Iranian diplomatic reachout to the U.S. in May 2003. It soon became commonplace to blame that decision on the strong neoconservative element in the Bush administration. That seems right, and I want to explain why in a future post. But many people do not see the snub as foolish, largely, I think, because they are unaware…

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By Alexandru Nădăban Posted in 2014

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