Amongst British diplomats there’s a rather poignant joke that ‘Iran is the only country in the world which still regards the United Kingdom as a super power’. But for many Iranians, it’s not a joke at all. Scratch the surface, and Iranians of all political persuasions will remind you that it was Britain, with the US, who removed the democratically- elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. The coup against Mosaddegh may have been in 1953, but for Iranians that feels like yesterday.
Former Home and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw seeks to illuminate Britain’s difficult relationship with Iran, and in doing so provide anyone with an interest in Iran with a better understanding of this extraordinary country.