Principles and debates in Iranian foreign policy
Hemispheres. Studies on Cultures and Societies
Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences
© Copyright by Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 2014
Despite characterisation of Iran as an ideologically-driven state, expansionist and dominated by Islamic extremism, conventional interests-based pragmatism has been an important element in Iran’s foreign policy, and has often been dominant. Without being uncritical of the Islamic republic, this article explores the ways that revolutionary, pragmatic and nationalist principles have influenced her foreign policy, and concludes that even the revolutionary principle may not necessarily or always be as inimical to the prevailing international system as is sometimes supposed.
This is the author accepted manuscript.The final version is available from the publisher via the link in this record.
Vol. 29 (4) , pp. 21 - 32
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