Title The Iranian Revolution at Forty
Author Suzanne Maloney
ISBN 9780815737933
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 252
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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How Iran—and the world around it—have changed in the four decades since a revolutionary theocracy took power

Iran’s 1979 revolution is one of the most important events of the late twentieth century. The overthrow of the Western-leaning Shah and the emergence of a unique religious government reshaped Iran, dramatically shifted the balance of power in the Middle East and generated serious challenges to the global geopolitical order—challenges that continue to this day. The seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran later that same year and the ensuing hostage crisis resulted in an acrimonious breach between America and Iran that remains unresolved to this day. The revolution also precipitated a calamitous war between Iran and Iraq and an expansion of the U.S. military’s role in maintaining security in and around the Persian Gulf.

Forty years after the revolution, more than two dozen experts look back on the rise of the Islamic Republic and explore what the startling events of 1979 continue to mean for the volatile Middle East as well as the rest of the world. The authors explore the events of the revolution itself; whether its promises have been kept or broken; the impact of clerical rule on ordinary Iranians, especially women; the continuing antagonism with the United States; and the repercussions not only for Iran’s immediate neighborhood but also for the broader Middle East.

Complete with a helpful timeline and suggestions for further reading, this book helps put the Iranian revolution in historical and geopolitical perspective, both for experts who have long studied the Middle East and for curious readers interested in fallout from the intense turmoil of four decades ago.





Part I: Iran Recast

Chapter 1. A View of the Revolution from the Shah’s Palace (Strobe Talbott)

Chapter 2. The Revolution’s Broken Promises (Ali Fathollah-Nejad)

Chapter 3. Iran’s Economy since the Revolution: Populism and Pragmatism (Djavad Salehi-Isfahani)

Chapter 4. Revolution, Reform, and the Future of the Islamic Republic (Suzanne Maloney)

Chapter 5. Poppies and Public Health: 1979 and Narcotics in Iran (Vanda Felbab-Brown and Bradley S. Porter)

Chapter 6. Girls of Revolution Street: Iranian Women since 1979 (Suzanne Maloney and Eliora Katz)


Part II: The Revolution and Washington

Chapter 7. “We Used to Run This Country”: How the Revolution Upended an American-Iranian Alliance (Suzanne Maloney)

Chapter 8. After 1979, America’s Torch Song for Tehran (Kenneth Pollack)

Chapter 9. The Iranian Hostage Crisis and Its Effect on American Politics (Elaine Kamarck)

Chapter 10. Washington, the Shah, and the Problem of Autocratic Allies (Tamara Cofman Wittes)

Chapter 11. The Revolution and Washington’s Reliance on Economic Pressure (Kate Hewitt and Richard Nephew)

Chapter 12. The Rules of the Game: International Law and Iranian-American Relations (Scott R. Anderson)

Chapter 13. 1979 and the World’s Second Oil Shock (Samantha Gross)


Part III: The Ripple Effect of Iran’s Revolution across the Middle East

Chapter 14. How 1979 Transformed the Regional Balance of Power (Itamar Rabinovich)

Chapter 15. The Iranian Revolution’s Legacy of Terrorism (Daniel Byman)

Chapter 16. Iraq and the “First Islamic Revolution” (Ranj Alaaldin)

Chapter 17. Saddam’s Monumental Mistakes (Bruce Riedel)

Chapter 18. Hezbollah: Revolutionary Iran’s Most Successful Export (Jeffrey Feltman)

Chapter 19. The Origins of the Saudi-Iranian Battle for the Broader Middle East (Suzanne Maloney and Bruce Riedel)

Chapter 20. Coexistence and Convergence in Turkish-Iranian Relations (Kemal Kirisci)

Chapter 21. Israel’s Reverse Periphery Doctrine (Natan Sachs)

Chapter 22. Emboldened and Then Constrained: Repercussions of Iran’s Revolution for Sunni Islamists (Shadi Hamid and Sharan Grewal)

Chapter 23. In Pakistan, Another Embassy Under Siege (Madiha Afzal)

Chapter 24. Bad Judgment and a Chain of Blunders: Soviet Responses to the Iranian Revolution (Pavel Baev)


Appendix A. Iranian Revolution Timeline of Events (Suzanne Maloney and Keian Razipour)

Appendix B. What to Read to Understand the 1979 Iranian Revolution (Suzanne Maloney, Eliora Katz, and Keian Razipour)




About the Editor:

Suzanne Maloney is the interim vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where her research focuses on Iran and Persian Gulf energy. She has served as the deputy director for Foreign Policy for past five years. Her books include the 2008 monograph Iran’s Long Reach (United States Institute of Peace, 2008) as well as Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution,” published in August 2015 by Cambridge University Press. Her Brookings Essay, Iran Surprises Itself And The World,” was released in September 2013, and she has also published articles in a variety of academic and policy journals.

Maloney previously served as an external advisor to senior State Department officials on long-term issues related to Iran. Before joining Brookings, she served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, as Middle East advisor for ExxonMobil Corporation, and director of the 2004 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. policy toward Iran, chaired by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

She holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Target Audience:

This book helps to put the Iranian revolution in historical and geopolitical perspective, both for experts who have long studied the Middle East and for curious readers interested in fallout from the intense turmoil of four decades ago.


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