The Iranian regime epitomises a rogue state that engages in state-sponsored terrorism while simultaneously seeking weapons of mass destruction. Considerable commentary dismisses Iranian rhetoric as more bluster. What Makes Tehran Tick creatively explores the ideological sources of Tehran's hostility. Knowing these extremist beliefs is critical to understanding Iran's motivations as well as the potential for success of Western policy options regarding Iran's future and its nuclear weapon ambition. In the context of failing diplomacy and problematic military action against Iran, this book suggests an ingenious third option that seeks to empower the Iranian people for democratic change. Pursuit of the empowerment alternative could reinforce diplomacy while keeping the military option in abeyance. -- General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Raymond Tanter served at the White House as a Senior Member on the National Security Council staff, from 1981 to 1982. In 1983-1984, he was personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Madrid, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Vienna. In 1967, Tanter was deputy director of behavioral sciences at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and a member of the Civilian Executive Panel, Chief of Naval Operations, 1980-1981.In 2005, Tanter helped found the Iran Policy Committee and serves as its President. Tanter teaches courses on terrorism and weapons proliferation at Georgetown University.