Persian Empire, Pariah State, Nuclear Partner After decades of political and cultural isolation, Iran faces a new chapter in its 2500-year-old history. Following the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Iran will re-enter international trade markets and be reinstated in the eyes of the West. Trace the evolution and impact of Iran s complex relationship with the United States in Iran: Ally or Enemy? Through a series of concise, powerful articles, Iran: Ally or Enemy? examines events from the shah s rule to the Islamic Revolution to the hostage crisis. Placing these tensions and milestones in context, Iran follows the country s emergence from its status as a geopolitical pariah to its new role: a partner for the West."