• 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
• 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
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.