I have the pleasure to welcome you to the second in a series of e-books recovering the Pepe Escobar archives on Asia Times.
The archives track a period of 20 years – starting with the columns and stories published under The Roving Eye sign in the previous Asia Times Online from 2001 all the way to early 2015.
The first e-book tracked the interplay between China, Russia and the U.S. between 2017-2020.
The columns selected for this second e-book span 18 years, tracking the Islamic Republic of Iran, in chronological order, throughout the Katami, Ahmadinejad and Rouhani eras.
The unifying idea behind this e-book series is to recover the excitement of what is written as “the first draft of History”.
Once again, you may read the whole compilation as a thriller, following in detail all the plot twists and cliffhangers; the “axis of evil” tensions, the complex interplay of politics and religion, oil and gas games, the JCPOA discussions in Vienna, the volatile post-Soleimani era, Iran as a node of Eurasian integration.
The majority of the articles, essays and interviews in this e-book were written in Iran or after multiple visits to Iran.
So welcome to a unique geopolitical road trip – organized as if you were perusing a collection of Persian miniatures.
Pepe Escobar, Bangkok, September 2020.