Hillary Mann Leverett – Articles

Books and Monographs

Going to Tehran:  Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic of Iran(New York:  Metropolitan Books, 2013) [with Flynt Leverett]; paperback. ed., Going to Tehran:  Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran (New York:  Picador, 2013; Chinese-language edition (Beijing: World Affairs Press, forthcoming 2014).

Hard Truths about America’s Iran Strategy, International and Strategic Studies Report, 29 (2011; pub. in Chinese by Peking University’s Center for International and Strategic Studies; English text available on request)

Moving (Slightly) Closer to Iran:  China’s Shifting Calculus for Managing its “Persian Gulf Dilemma”, Asia-Pacific Policy Papers Series (Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS, 2009)

Articles and Chapters

“Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive, Iran’s ‘Proxy’ Strategy, and the
Middle East’s New ‘Cold War,’” Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, The World Financial Review, May/June 2015 TWFR-MayJun2015-Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive Iran’s Proxy Strategy and Mid.East’s new cold war

China Looks West:  What Is at Stake in Beijing’s ‘New Silk Road’ Project,” Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett, and Wu Bingbing, The World Financial Review, January/February 2015, TWFR Jan-Feb 2015_New Silk Road

American Hegemony, the Iranian Nuclear Issue, and the Future of Sino-Iranian Relations” in Anoush Ehteshami, Raymond Hinnebusch, and Yukiko Miyagi, eds., The Emerging Middle East-East Asia Nexus (London:  I.B. Tauris, 2015)

The World Financial Review, September/October 2014 [with Hillary Mann Leverett], TWFR Sep-Oct 2014 Americas Never-Ending War in the Middle East

“The Rise of the Petroyuan and the Slow Erosion of Dollar Hegemony,” with Flynt Leverett, The World Financial Review, July/August 2014, TWFR JulAug2014_The Rise of the Petroyuan (1) .

“America’s Shale Revolution and the Dangerous Myth of Energy Independence,” with Flynt Leverett, The World Financial Review, May/June 2014.  TWFR MayJun2014 -Americas Shale Revolution and the Dangerous Myth of Energy Independence (2)

Can the West Get Out of Its (Self-Made) Cul-de-Sac in Syria?The World Financial Review, March-Apr. 2014

The Year of Iran:  Tehran’s Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014,” The World Financial Review, Jan.-Feb. 2014

How Precipitous a Decline?  U.S.-Iranian Relations and the Transition from American Primacy,” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, 2:2 (Nov. 2013) [part of a symposium on Going to Tehran:  Why the United States Must to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran]

A Strategy Tested:  Iranian Foreign Policy and the Arab Awakening” in Mahandra Gaur, ed., Studies in Iran (New Delhi:  Foreign Policy Research Centre, 2013)

America’s Iran Policy and the Undermining of International Order,” The World Financial Review, July-August 2013

Do Insiders or Outsiders Have the Clearer View of Iran?New Republic, March 28, 2013

Going to Tehran” (letter to the editor), New York Times Sunday Book Review, March 26, 2013

Time to Face the Truth about Iran,” The Nation, Feb, 25, 2013; also posted by Agence Global, Middle East Online, and ZNet

The Mad Mullah Myth:  The Dangers of Misunderstanding Iran’s Strategy,” Harper’s, Nov. 2012

Diplomacy, Energy Security, and the Lost Art of Grand Strategy:  American Policy toward the Persian Gulf and Rising Asia in the 21st Century,” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs 1:2 (Nov. 2012)

The Dispensable Nation,Foreign Policy, May 20, 2011

Bet on It:  Iran Will Be the Winner of the Arab Uprising (or, How Obama Is Helping Iran),Foreign Policy, Feb. 23, 2011

The Fog of Containment,Foreign Policy, Nov. 15, 2010

The Weak Case for War With Iran,Foreign Policy, Aug. 11, 2010

Who’s Really Misreading Tehran?Foreign Policy, June 14, 2010

Iran’s Green Movement Approaches Irrelevance:  Why Does Washington Continue to Gamble on It? Foreign Policy, March 17, 2010

The United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Middle East’s New ‘Cold War’, International Spectator 45:1 (March 2010)

Iran Is No Existential Threat,” Foreign Policy, Dec. 4, 2009

Dreams From His Predecessor:  Obama’s Afghanistan Strategy Echoes All The Same Bush Mistakes—And More,Foreign Policy, March 27, 2009

Think Again:  Talking With Iran,Foreign Policy, Feb. 10, 2009

The Grand Bargain (re U.S.-Iran relations), Washington Monthly, Aug./Sept./Oct. 2008

Time for a U.S.-Iranian ‘Grand Bargain’” in Big Ideas for a New America (Washington, DC:  New America Foundation, 2008)

Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces (selected)

The US and the Arab Awakening:  Déjà Vu?Al Jazeera, Feb. 11, 2014

The U.S. Needs a Completely Different Approach to Iran,” Reuters, Jan. 31, 2013 (cited by The Atlantic as one of the week’s five best columns)

What Rouhani’s Election Should Mean for Washington,” The Hindu and Huffington Post, June 17, 2013

Rouhani Won the Iranian Election.  Get Over It,” Al Jazeera, June 16, 2013

Nuclear Iran:  What’s at Stake for the BRICS,” The BRICS Post, Apr. 29, 2013

Obama and America’s ‘Imperial Temptation’ in the Middle East,” Al Jazeera, March 30, 2013 and Huffington Post, April 1, 2013

Obama’s Choice:  Real Diplomacy with Iran—or War,” Huffington Post, March 22, 2013 and Al Jazeera, March 23, 2013

Iran and the United States—What Really Matters to Middle Eastern Publics?Huffington Post, March 6, 2013

The Coming Collapse of Iran Sanctions,” Al Jazeera and Huffington Post, Feb. 25, 2013

Obama’s Second Inaugural and America’s Foreign Policy Challenges,” Al Jazeera, Jan. 24, 2013

Iran and Syria:  America’s Middle East Pundits Get It Wrong (Again)CNN Global Public Square, Sept. 1, 2011

Is Iran Obama’s Cuban Missile Crisis, and Will He Rise to the Occasion?Huffington Post, July 27, 2010

Defectors’ and the Unfolding Intelligence Failure on Iran’s Nuclear Program,” Huffington Post, July 16, 2010

The Slippery Slope to Strikes on Iran,” Politico, April 26, 2010

Another Iranian Revolution?  Not Likely,” New York Times, Jan. 6, 2010 (first high-profile piece to chart objectively the Green movement’s decline and to predict, accurately, that it would not generate significant protests on the Feb. 11 anniversary of the Islamic Republic’s founding)

Obama’s Iranian Lifeline,” Politico, Oct. 6, 2009

How to Press the ‘Advantage’ With Tehran,” New York Times, Sept. 29, 2009

Will Iran Be President Obama’s Iraq? Politico, June 24, 2009 (this critical contribution to the post-Iranian election debate forced people to ask whether they might be as wrong about Iran today as most were about Iraq in 2002-2003)

Ahmadinejad Won.  Get Over It. Politico, June 16, 2009  (controversial yet seminal piece that forced people to consider that Ahmadinejad might actually have won re-election and that America would have to deal with the Islamic Republic as it is, rather than as some wish it to be; Council on Foreign Relations “Must Read”)

Have We Already Lost Iran? New York Times, May 24, 2009 (written three weeks before the 2009 Iranian presidential election, this piece warned that the Obama Administration was not taking the bold diplomatic and policy steps required to realign U.S.-Iranian relations and identified serious problems with Obama’s approach)

Iran and Thou, The National (Abu Dhabi), February 13, 2009.

US Economic Decline Top Issue” (re the dollar and Gulf Arab states), The National, June 15, 2008

How to Defuse Iran,” New York Times, Dec. 11, 2007

Bush’s Real Lie about Iran, Salon, December 7, 2007.

What We Wanted to Tell You About Iran (Op Ed on U.S. policy toward Iran with redactions notoriously insisted upon by George W. Bush’s White House, with a precede outlining the contents of the “blacked out” passages), New York Times, Dec. 22, 2006

Media Appearances

Feature-length interviews (selected)

Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Conversations with History, UCTV, May 24, 2013

Glenn Greenwald, “Podcast Discussion with Two of America’s Leading Iran Experts:  The Leveretts,” Guardian, Apr. 9, 2013

Featured in “Special Presentation—A Nuclear Iran:  The Expert Intel,” CNN, April 14, 2012

Will Iran Negotiate? Will Israel Attack?GPS with Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Jan. 8, 2012

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett on Iran,Charlie Rose, March 29, 2010

One-on-one and panel interviews (selected)

Middle East Analyst Breaks Down Syria,” CNN, Sept. 8, 2013

Syria and the Shadow of Iraq,” Up With Steve Kornacki (MSNBC), Sept. 1, 2013

Athhāb ila Tehran bi’ayūn amrīkīya” [Going to Tehran in American Eyes], Min ad-Dākhil (From the Inside), Al Mayadeen, Aug. 18, 2013 [starts at 2:50, after Arabic-language intro]

Iran’s New President,” CNN, June 16, 2013

Going to Tehran,” HuffPost Live and AOL News, Jan. 15, 2013

Interview by Nicole Dow, “Iran’s Soft Power Messaging,” CNN, Aug. 31, 2012

Interview, “Iran in Afghanistan and Pakistan,Foreign Policy, July 6, 2010

Iran and the West, BBC documentary, Feb. 2009, segment with Hillary Mann Leverett

Interview, “U.S. Should Seek Comprehensive Accord With Iran,” Council on Foreign Relations, Feb. 4, 2009; posted in The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2009

Profiled in “The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran that the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know,Esquire, Nov. 2007

Featured in Showdown With Iran, PBS Frontline, Nov. 2007

Presentations (selected) 

Fueling Hegemony:  America’s Fatal Attraction to the Middle East,” keynote, Consortium on Educational Resources in Islamic Studies Research Symposium (Pittsburgh), April 5, 2014

Going to Tehran:  Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Consortium on Educational Resources in Islamic Studies lecture series (Pittsburgh), April 4, 2014

The Geneva Deal:  Iran and the Shifting Power Dynamics in the Middle East,” Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, American University, Feb. 26, 2014

“Obama and Rouhani:  The Risks and Opportunities of Negotiating with Iran,” Kay Center Table Talk, American University, Feb. 6, 2014

The U.S.-China-Iran Triangle,” Washington Asia Forum, Nov. 6, 2013

Why the United States Must Come to Terms with Iran,” Coalition for Peace Conference, Diplomacy, Not War with Iran (Princeton, NJ), Nov. 10, 2013

Implications of an Improvement in U.S.-Iranian Relations for the Middle East and Beyond” for The Future of US Policy Toward Iran:  Reimagining the Relationship, NYU Center for Dialogues, Oct. 29, 2013 [HML at 1:09:30]

Iran and American Foreign Policy:  Where the U.S. Went Wrong,” Technology & Culture Forum at MIT, May 14, 2013 [principal speaker with Noam Chomsky]

Featured speaker, “Rethinking Iran,” World Affairs Council of Northern California (San Francisco), March 25, 2013

Delivered paper on Iran and Afghanistan, Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (Dubai), March 2013

Keynote, “How Precipitous a Decline?  U.S.-Iranian Relations and the Transition from American Primacy,” The U.S.-Iranian Relationship and the Future of International Order (symposium on Going to Tehran), Feb. 15, 2013

Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” book presentation, Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, Feb. 7, 2013

Going to Tehran:  Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” American University School of International Service U.S. Foreign Policy Program, Jan. 22, 2013

Going to Tehran:  Prospects for U.S.-Iranian Engagement,” book presentation, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Jan. 17, 2013

Book Discussion on Going to Tehran, East-West Institute, Jan. 15, 2013 (re-broadcast on C-Span)

America’s Iran Policy in Obama’s Second Term,” Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Dec. 18, 2012

Featured speaker, “Current and Future Sanctions on Iran:  Their Impact and Limits,” Iran, the GCC and the Arabian Peninsula (symposium), Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (Abu Dhabi), Dec. 16, 2012

Featured speaker, “U.S. and Arab Strategies toward Iran,” Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference (National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations), Washington, Oct. 2012

“Transformation in Egypt,” U.S. Foreign Policy Association, American University, March 2012

“Egypt and the Middle East’s Shifting Balance of Power” and “The Islamic Republic of Iran in a Changing Middle East:  Order, Legitimacy, and Grand Strategy,” School of International Studies, Peking University, June 2011

“Iran, the United States, and the Middle East’s Changing Balance of Power,” Yale University, April 20, 2011 (video/audio here)

“Iran, the United States, and the Middle East’s Changing Balance of Power,” American University Foreign Policy Program Speakers Series, March 2, 2011 (audio here)

Iran-US Relations:  Imaging a New Paradigm,” NYU Center for Dialogues, Dec. 3, 2009

The Strategic Framework for US-Iranian Engagement”. Presentation to the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 4 March 2009.