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Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order

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• 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

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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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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313381941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313381942
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Eye on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book features some interesting insights into Iran's foreign policy, particularly dynamics inside the US government that shaped its reaction to Iran over the years. Unfortunately, the book's bright spots are marred by sloppy editing that include grammatical mistakes and factual errors. For example, on page 202 the Asad regime's Hama Massacre is said to have occurred in 1981 instead of 1982.

The author's basic contention is that Iran is inherently disadvantaged in pursuing its foreign policy goals because it has failed to adapt to the pattern of alliances in a post-Soviet world.

Iran's present government is also said to be unable to pursue a more rational foreign policy more in-tune with its interests. Yet one weakness of this sub-argument might be that the author sees Iran as she wishes it were, rather than what it is. In other words, she presumes that Iran's rational interests are tied up in the same sort of secular system that prevailed under the Shah's more secular governance, rather than the current system of an Islamic republic. In this, the author succumbs to a blind spot plaguing many in Washington -- the failure to credit the salience of religion in the Middle East.

For the Islamic Republic of Iran, supporting the Palestinian struggle is rational and in its national interests because this is what the government of Iran values. So in this way it is an eminently rational policy based on Iran's present identity and how it defines its interests. Do most Iranians support their own government and would they define Iran's true interests this way? Certainly there are many in Tehran who don't appear to -- we saw that in 2009. But it may also be true that the majority of Iranians do in fact support the present system of government and its Islamic character.
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