This book examines the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the states of the Persian Gulf from 1979 to 1998. It covers perceptions Iranians and Arabs have of each other, Islamic revolutionary ideology, the Iran/Iraq war, the Gulf crisis, the election of President Khatami and finally the role of external powers, such as the United States. The author argues that over the twenty-year period, the policy has moved from being ideological to pragmatic; and that by tracing its history, we can better anticipate its future relationship.
Introduction 1. Foundations of Iran's Persian Gulf Policy 2. The Impact of the Islamic Revolution 3. The 1980s: impact of the Iran-Iraq war 4. The 1990s: Gulf Crisis, islands dispute and President Khatami 5. Regional Security Co-operation 6. External Factors Conclusion