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Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Between Ideology and Pragmatism

By Przemyslaw Osiewicz Copyright 2021
    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Providing a well-balanced and impartial perspective on the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this book contributes to a better understanding of the current foreign policy of Iran, especially its internal and external determinants.

    Combining theoretical and practical aspects, it provides readers with a short analysis of Iranian foreign policy. The first part is dedicated to the Pahlavi era between 1925–1979. The second consists of three chapters covering issues relating to ideological and institutional aspects of Iranian foreign policy after 1979. The last part incorporates eight case studies which best present both regional and global dimensions.

    This comprehensive study contains a synthesis of views and opinions of commentators and scholars who often represent contradictory perspectives. Serving as a key reference and starting point for further studies, this book will be of interest to students and researchers studying Iranian foreign policy, international relations, and Middle Eastern studies.


    Part I. Historical Background: Iranian Foreign Policy Under the Pahlavi Dynasty

    1. Reza Shah and His Vision of Persian Diplomacy

    2. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi: The Unfinished Iranian Empire

    Part II. The Islamic Republic of Iran: The Framework of Foreign Policy After 1979

    3. The 1979 Revolution and Ideological Determinants of the Iranian Foreign Policy

    4. The Main Actors and Decision-making Process

    5. The Iranian Foreign Policy in Action: The Main Objectives

    Part III. The Iranian Foreign Policy in Practice: Selected Case Studies

    6. The Iranian Foreign Policy Toward the Persian Gulf Region

    7. Iran-Syria Relations

    8. Iran-China Relations

    9. The Iranian Foreign Policy Toward Central Asia

    10. Going Eastwards: Iran, India, and Pakistan

    11. Iran’s Relations with the European Union

    12. Russia-Iran Relations

    13. Iran-United States (Lack of) Relations



    Przemyslaw Osiewicz is an associate professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, specializing in EU policies towards the MENA region, Iranian foreign policy, and Turkey’s external relations. He is also a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. From 2016–2017 he was a Fulbright Senior Award Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Additionally, he has authored and co-authored four monographs and over 90 book chapters and articles in political science.