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U.S.-Iran Relations Since 9/11

Posted by alanmirs on June 17, 2007


Timeline: U.S.-Iran Relations Since 9/11

From the Council on Foreign Relations

News and Resources

Books and Reviews

THE SHIA REVIVAL: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future. By Vali Nasr. W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.

HIDDEN IRAN: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic. By Ray Takeyh. Times Books, 2006.

IN THE ROSE GARDEN OF THE MARTYRS: A Memoir of Iran. By Christopher de Bellaigue. Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.

PERSIAN MIRRORS: The Elusive Face of Iran. By Elaine Sciolino. New York: The Free Press, 2001.


Rice censures Iran’s terrorism ties

May 4 – At an Egyptian news conference, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Iran’s foreign policy, urging the nation to cut its ties to terrorism.

Bush hints Iran talks possible

April 25 – In an interview with Charlie Rose, President Bush hinted talks with Iran are possible if the Middle Eastern nation gives up its nuclear weapons ambitions.

Sunni Nuclear Concerns

Iran’s decision to continue uranium enrichment has led some countries to consider pursuing civilian nuclear technology.

Iran airs video of British navy crew

April 9 – Iran broadcast a video Sunday showing a British navy crew playing chess and watching television, saying the footage refutes the claims that they were mistreated.

Sailors say they were in Iraqi water

April 6 – A captured sailor said Friday that a seized British Royal Navy crew was in Iraqi waters when detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

UK sailors, marines back home

April 5 – A British Royal Navy crew held captive in Iran for almost two weeks is back home. A British Airways flight carrying the 15 sailors and marines landed at Heathrow Airport.

Brits meet with Iran’s president

April 4 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with British sailors and marines shortly after announcing they are free to leave Iran.

Blair: Release of sailors is relief

April 4 – British Prime Minister Blair thanks allies for assistance in freeing 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced their release.

Iran, Britain move toward diplomacy

April 3 – Officials of the Iranian and British governments are publicly stating the goal is to resolve the standoff over 15 British sailors and Marines through diplomatic measures.

Newsha Tavakolian/Polaris

The influence of Iran’s theocratic Shiite regime has risen sharply around the Middle East in recent years, driven by surging oil revenues and the replacement of its traditional rival, the Sunni-dominated government of Saddam Hussein, by an Iraqi state led by a coalition of Shiite parties who are all friendly with Tehran



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