Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era
Resisting the New International Order
What happens when the international order changes dramatically but a nation doesn't respond? Iran's inability, or unwillingness, to change its approach to the United States and Israel in the wake of the collapse of the USSR has made it subject to costly pressures from these two nations and key European states—and vulnerable to manipulation by its neighbors.
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A comprehensive exploration of postrevolution Iranian foreign policy analyzes the country's relations with key nations and regions and the impact of both Iran's domestic situation and the developing global system.
Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order provides the first truly comprehensive, in-depth survey of Iranian foreign policy, issue by issue and country by country, since the Islamic Revolution. To help readers understand both the what and the why of Iran's role in the world and formulate useful responses to that role, the author provides a detailed analysis of Iranian foreign policy in all its dimensions.
The first part of the book places Iranian actions, particularly its relations with the United States and other key players, within the context of the emerging international system, while also showing how domestic developments impact foreign policy. The second part surveys Iranian relations with specific actors, notably the United States and Russia, and with key regions, including Europe, Central Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, and Africa. Providing an antidote to existing preconceptions, this incisive analysis lays an analytically sound basis for shaping policies toward Iran—policies with potentially high payoff in terms of regional security and stability.
- Presents documentation from many government sources, including Iranian and international organizations
- Offers a clear chronology of developments in relations with Iran and the evolution of Iranian foreign policy relative to each country/region surveyed
- Provides an extensive bibliography of original sources, government documents, academic publications, and websites
- Describes the characteristics of the emerging international political system, the directions in which it will most likely evolve, and their consequences for Iran
- Analyzes the domestic factors that have so far prevented Iran from making the appropriate adjustments to the newly emerging system
- Provides an assessment of Iran's relations with the outside world within the new systemic conditions
- Shows how errors committed both by Iran and by some of its key interlocutors have led to the current impasse in Iran's place in the global system