Khalil's new book explores US foreign relations with China and Iran

Osamah Khalil 2016 InsideThe Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is proud to announce the publication of United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century, edited by Osamah F. Khalil, associate professor of history, and with contributions by a number of Maxwell faculty, graduate students, and alumni from various departments. Released in July 2019, the book was published by Bloomsbury Academic as part of its New Approaches to International History series.

Drawing on recently declassified documents, the book studies the evolution of U.S. foreign policy toward China and Iran over six decades and how it, in turn, influenced the foreign policies of the two nations. The authors also discuss the future ties between these nations, and their potential to shape international relations in the twenty-first century. In light of the turbulent relationship of the U.S. with both China and Iran, the astute commentary in the book makes for an insightful read.

The volume is a unique interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative effort that brings together experts from the fields of history, international relations, political science and sociology, among others. In this respect, it reflects the Maxwell School’s interdisciplinary approach to a range of contemporary policy issues.

The book is also the result of a unique collaboration between the Maxwell School and the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian. In September 2017, the Maxwell School launched the United States and the World Workshop series. This volume is based on the original presentations and moderated roundtable discussions at the inaugural workshop. It is a testament to the opportunities afforded to Maxwell’s PhD students to collaborate and publish with faculty, and to the school’s impact on public policy issues.

“This volume demonstrates the breadth of expertise at the Maxwell School and the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to studying the most pressing issues in the world today,” said Khalil. “It is also an opportunity for Maxwell faculty and graduate students to engage with each other and with leading scholars from other institutions.”

The book features the following Syracuse University faculty and graduate students:

Terry Lautz, visiting professor and Moynihan Research Fellow, discusses the normalization negotiations between China and the United States in his chapter, “Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object.”

Dimitar Gueorguiev, assistant professor of political science, explores the failure of democratization in China in his chapter, “Beyond Peaceful Evolution.”

Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology and senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, contributed a chapter. “Transnational Agents,” that examines the experience of Chinese students in American universities. 

Erik French, who received his PhD in political science from the Maxwell School, discusses U.S. policy toward China and Japan in his chapter, “Between Deterrence and Reassurance.” 

PhD candidate in political science Pedram Maghsoud-Nia’s chapter, “The Rise of the Iranian Leviathan,” examines post-revolutionary state building in Iran.

PhD candidate in political science Abolghasem Bayyenat discusses negotiations between Tehran and Washington over Iran’s nuclear program in his chapter “The American Factor.”

The volume also includes two roundtable chapters with the contributors on the present and future of Sino-American, U.S.-Iranian, and Sino-Iranian relations.

It has garnered early praise from scholars around the world. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, director of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and previously a professor of political science at the Maxwell School, calls it “a treasure trove of brilliant insights and analysis of primary documents pertaining to two of America's most contentious foreign policy relations.” Ali Ansari, professor of history at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, recommends this “fascinating collection” as “essential reading for all those interested in international relations.” Hormoz Ebrahimnejad, lecturer in history at the University of Southampton in the UK, says, “The publication of this edited volume could not be more timely.”