The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
The first detailed Iranian account of the diplomatic struggle between Iran and the international community, begins in 2002 and takes the reader into Tehran’s deliberations as its leaders wrestle with internal and external adversaries.
Published May 3, 2012 by Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012
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The first detailed Iranian account of the diplomatic struggle between Iran and the international community, The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir begins in 2002, when news about Iran’s clandestine uranium enrichment and plutonium production facilities emerged, and takes the reader into Tehran’s deliberations as its leaders wrestle with internal and external adversaries.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, previously the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and spokesman for Tehran’s nuclear negotiating team, provides readers with intimate knowledge of Iran’s interactions with the International Atomic Energy Agency and global powers.

Mousavian’s personal story comes alive as he vividly recounts his arrest in 2007 on charges of espionage. This and other dramatic episodes of diplomatic missions tell much about the author and the swirling dynamics of Iranian politics and diplomacy—undercurrents that must be understood now more than ever.

As intense debate continues over the direction of Iran’s nuclear program, Mousavian weighs the likely effects of military strikes, covert action, sanctions, and diplomatic engagement, along with their potential to resolve the nuclear crisis.

Reviews for this publication

“A fascinating, insightful, and new treatment from the perspective of an intimately involved former Iranian senior official on Iran’s nuclear program and responses to it. For those familiar with the details, there is much new information about the Iran side, its ideas, strategies, disputes, and aims. U.S. experts will have some key questions but will learn much from this extraordinary book.”

—Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. under secretary of state


"…remarkable new book…"    

—David Ignatius, Washington Post


“…a fascinating insider’s account…”

—Philip Stephens, Financial Times

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  • Stephen Hughes
    It is time to understand Iran, not through economic oil driven interests .
    Under the Shah Iran had warm relations with most countries in the Middle East . Iran was the first Muslim Nation to recognize the State of Israel. Iran was at one time an important ally of America. So what changed ? The rise of Khomeinism, this theocratic government principle of guardianship of the jurisprudent was kept hidden until after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The idea that the ruler of the state must be the person best qualified to interpret Islam and enforce Muslim law upon the people is enshrined in the constitution of the Islamic Republic, which vests full power in the jurisprudent (faqih) at its head in the position commonly known as “Supreme Leader”. Iran’s defense spending as a share of GDP only appears to be relatively low compared to the rest of the region, that is because it is hidden through Privatization Through privatization Khamenei has transferred control of Iran’s Commerce, Industry, Oil, Gas and Public Services Sectors to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
    Since Khomeinism , introduction of the cult of the Islamic Suicide bomber, its shipping industry is continually found to be arming terrorists around the world . Tehran has spent billions of its oil revenue on its wars of terror, from Hezbollah to Hamas, against America, against Israel destroying the peace process there. The US Treasury Department designated the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) "for its support to terrorist groups as well as its central role in perpetrating human rights abuses against the citizens of Iran and its role in supporting the Syrian regime as it continues to commit human rights abuses against the people of Syria."Al Qaeda and its affiliate, al Qaeda in Iraq, are among the terrorist groups supported by the MOIS, which is Iran's chief intelligence agency. Iran has been the number one source of IEDs and has killed and maimed hundreds of US Soldiers.. Khomeinism is at war with the world, its course towards a nuclear armed to push forward this war is a clear and present danger it is time to recognize this . “Establishing the Islamic state world-wide belong to the great goals of the revolution.”Quotes from Ayatollah Khomeini By Dr. Jalal Matini Translated by Farhad Mafie, July 25, 2003
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