Iran in the World: President Rouhani'’s Foreign Policy

Monday, April 11, 2016

Editors: Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dara Conduit

Hardcover: 205 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2016 edition (February 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137576324
ISBN-13: 978-1137576323

About this book

President Rouhani came to power in Iran in 2013 promising to reform the country's long-contentious foreign policy. This book evaluates Rouhani's foreign policy track record during his first two years in office, looking at case studies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, the UAE, Turkey, and Syria and the high profile Iran-US relationship.


“Iranian foreign policy has always been complex and multi-faceted, grounded in revolutionary idealism on the one hand and pragmatic realism on the other. This timely volume examines the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy at a time of profound change and transition, highlighting some of the inherent tensions and milestones of the Rouhani Administration as it charts a new course for Iran’s regional and global role. This is an original and much-needed contribution to the literature that should be read by policymakers as well as academics.” - Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Qatar

“This book, focusing on the elements of continuity and the domestic and external drivers of change, brings together many interesting perspectives on Iran and its international relations. Insightful discussions of Iran’s regional role are complemented by the sometimes overlooked relationships that Iran has developed over the lifespan of the Islamic Republic. There is much to learn from this work and the direction of research it is illuminating. A fascinating set of chapters.” - Anoush Ehteshami, Nasser al-Sabah Professor of International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Sabah Research Program, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK

Table of Contents

*Rouhani’s First Two Years in Office: Opportunities and Risks in Contemporary Iran; Akbarzadeh, Shahram (et al.)

*Iran and the Changing Regional Strategic Environment; Saikal, Amin

*Iran’s Janus-Faced US Policy: The Rouhani Administration Between Continuity and Change, Opportunity and Constraint; Colleau, Morgane

*Brothers or Comrades at Arms? Iran’s Relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan; Barry, James

*The UAE and Iran: The Different Layers of a Complex Security Issue; Guéraiche, William

*How Foreign Is the Kurdish Issue in Iran’s Foreign Policy?; Laoutides, Costas

*Mesopotamian Nexus: Iran, Turkey, and the Kurds; Gourlay, William

*Charting a New Course? Testing Rouhani’s Foreign Policy Agency in the Iran-Syria Relationship; Akbarzadeh, Shahram (et al.)

*Bonyads; Jenkins, William Bullock

*Future Prospects; Akbarzadeh, Shahram (et al.)

About the Authors

*Shahram Akbarzadeh is Research Professor of Middle East and Central Asian Politics and Deputy Director (International) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia. He currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship on the Role of Islam in Iran's foreign policy and a grant on sectarianism in the Middle East from the Qatar Foundation.

*Dara Conduit is Researcher at Deakin University, Australia, and a PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia, working on the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. She holds an M.Litt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, UK in 2015.

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