History is indispensable for understanding the outcome of the instability that has followed Iran’s recent presidential elections.
Foreign meddling in Iranian affairs dates back to the Anglo-Russian rivalry of the early 19th century. It should be no surprise that requests for non-interference are a recurrent theme in Iran's negotiations with the West.
The US must realize that progress will prove to be elusive unless it is addressed with broader commitment to mutual respect among equals. Credible regional security guarantees must also be factored in early on in the process.