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Iran in the International System
Between Great Powers and Great Ideas

ISBN 9780367194475
Published December 11, 2019 by Routledge
266 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on Iran’s history and its relations with great powers and regional neighbours, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution.

Iran has often been at the centre of the political debate on both the Gulf region and the transatlantic relations. Following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Viennese nuclear agreement in May 2018 signed by the five permanent members of the UN-Security Council, the relationship between Iran and the world entered a new phase. With high expectations within Iran for improved relations with Europe, the this book calls for a new and innovative approach to be undertaken by the Iranian leadership towards the US, Europe and Asia if Iran is to find a role for itself within regional and international structures. Exploring power relations, negotiations, the role of international institutions and international law, the contributors consider the relations among central powers that influence Iran’s internal and external affairs; and examine Iran’s domestic motives and role in the local and regional context.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Politics, International Relations, Iranian Politics, Iranian Foreign Policy. It may also provide insights for policymakers, journalists, and the military.

Table of Contents


Hannes Swoboda and Stephanie Fenkart

Preface in Farsi

Mitra Shahmoradi



Part 1: USA and Vienna Nuclear Agreement

1 Iran’s Relations with the United States: Current Conditions in Historical Perspective

Shireen T. Hunter

2 The Iranian Threat: The Construction of Insecurity

Andreas M. Bock

3 The fate of the JCPOA

Heinz Gärtner

Part 2: Iranian economy: crippled and resilient

4 Iran’s Endogenous Role in the International Economic System

Mahdi Ghodsi

5 The Impact of Economic Sanctions on the Iranian Middle Class

Mahnaz Zahirinejad

Part 3: Eurasian perspectives on Iran

6 Iran and Europe: The never-ending hope for strong and efficient relations

Bernard Hourcade

7 Irans’s unequal partners: Russia and India

Erzsébet N. Rózsa

8 The Iranian Nuclear Issue and China: Sino-Iranian Interactions Within and Beyond the UNSC

Mher D. Sahakyan

Part 4: Revolution and Society

9 Iran and the International Order: Historic Transitions and New Challenges
Abbas Milani

10 Transparent Veil

Mitra Shahmoradi

11 Iran before the revolution: some considerations concerning socio-cultural aspects of urban life in the Sixties of the past century

Bert G. Fragner


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Heinz Gärtner is lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at Danube University.

Mitra Shahmoradi is a freelance artist, painter, poet and art educator in Vienna.


"The risk of conflict between Iran and the United States is real and growing. This timely collection of excellent essays helps explain why. A diverse set of international experts analyze the complex history of U.S.-Iranian relations, the impact of sanctions on the Iranian economy and domestic politics, and the possible fate of the Iran nuclear deal. Most importantly, the authors present creative ideas about how best to reduce these risks." - Scott D. Sagan