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It is tempting to dismiss Iran's presidential elections as irrelevant, reasoning that the Supreme Leader makes all the important political decisions anyway -- above all, those relating to the nuclear program. But the presidential election does seem to matter to Khamenei -- which is precisely why it should matter to observers in the West.
Three "myths" and a tripartite approach to transcending them frame this book. The "core mythology" is that all Middle Eastern issues are linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The second myth concerns "larger themes of engagement versus nonengagement and regime change versus the change of regime behavior." And the third myth relates to the question of democracy promotion.
Washington has abandoned diplomacy in favor of military power. In Statecraft, Dennis Ross urges U.S. officials to resurrect the United States' peacemaking tradition and restore its international reputation.
The Middle East challenges facing Washington today have never been greater--but there remains a chance for peace. To secure it, the United States must stick with Iraq, pressure Iran into giving up its nukes, foster a moderate Palestinian leadership, and support Muslim reformers. Success in the region has never been more important.
In The Missing Peace, Dennis Ross provides a fair and clear-headed overview of almost ten years of Middle East peacemaking. Although he finds plenty of blame to spread around, he sees one man as the ultimate impediment: Yasir Arafat.