By Shireen T. Hunter

Iran's overseas coverage within the Post-Soviet period: Resisting the hot overseas Order offers the 1st actually entire, in-depth survey of Iranian international coverage, factor via factor and kingdom by way of state, because the Islamic Revolution. to aid readers comprehend either the what and the why of Iran's function on the earth and formulate invaluable responses to that function, the writer presents an in depth research of Iranian international coverage in all its dimensions. the 1st a part of the booklet locations Iranian activities, really its family members with the USA and different key gamers, in the context of the rising foreign approach, whereas additionally displaying how family advancements impression international coverage. the second one half surveys Iranian relatives with particular actors, particularly the U.S. and Russia, and with key areas, together with Europe, significant Asia, the Arab international, Latin the USA, and Africa. delivering an antidote to present preconceptions, this incisive research lays an analytically sound foundation for shaping rules towards Iran—policies with in all likelihood excessive payoff by way of neighborhood safety and balance.

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This situation has advantages and disadvantages; in Iran’s case it has been largely disadvantageous as it has led to greater interference and presence of key players in Iran’s proximity often with the goal of limiting Iran’s freedom of action in its immediate neighborhood. It has also led to a good deal of interest on the part of key players in Iran’s domestic evolution and even direct or indirect interference, with the goal of determining its direction. Moreover, the fact that Iran’s immediate neighbors, notably Arabs and Turks, are some of its cultural and historic rivals has created an unfavorable strategic environment by depriving Iran of natural allies.

On the contrary, Russia became more active in reestablishing its influence in the former Soviet republics and in reentering the Middle East. It also established the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with China and the participation of the Central Asian countries. Later, Mongolia, Pakistan, India, and Iran joined the SCO as observers. 49 This systemic situation, coupled with lingering suspicions by such major international actors as Russia and China of Iran’s Islamic ideology, despite the Iranian government’s profession of friendship for both states, worked against Iranian interests.

Almost from the time it first approached the United States in the mid-19th century until the 1953 coup d’état, Iran had a romanticized vision of America. It viewed America as a country that, given its own relatively lack of a colonial experience, supported other countries struggling to free themselves from the domination of alien powers; Iranians looked to America as a counterweight to the predatory European powers. Even Dr. -sponsored coup in 1953, was hopeful that the United States would support Iran in its dispute with the British during the crisis over the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry, without realizing that, as a country with extensive overseas investments, the United States could not support nationalization of foreign assets.

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