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Iran's Post-Revolution Foreign Policy Puzzle

Farideh Farhi and Saideh Lotfian

in Worldviews of Aspiring Powers

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199937479
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937479.003.0004
Iran's Post-Revolution Foreign Policy Puzzle

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This chapter attempts to offer a more differentiated understanding of Iran's foreign policy discourse. Iran's foreign policy perspectives offer little doubt that Iranian Islamist leaders of all viewpoints strive for both security and a greater role in regional and global affairs. In addition, revolutionary-inspired Islamic nationalism in the face of what is deemed Western intransigence or bullying is effectively the thread that runs through almost all politically acceptable positions inside Iran. In this sense, revolutionary Islamic ideology envelops the understanding of regional and global geopolitics and Iran's aspirations. It also makes priorities of safeguarding Iran's territorial integrity, preserving the Islamic Republic's security and survival, countering its attempted isolation, and improving its standing in the region and, by implication, the world.

Keywords: Iranian foreign policy discourse; Islamic Republic; Islamic identity; nationalism; global geopolitics

Chapter.  12736 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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