Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order
Sunday, February 12, 2017
By Shireen T. Hunter
Date of Publication: 2010
"This timely analysis explores the serious security implications of Iran's nuclear program in a region alredy troubled by insecurity and conflict. It also examines how Iran's nuclear ambitions and missile programs, and its growing ability for asymmetric warfare, are stedily becoming even more critical issues for the United States, Iran's neighboring countries, and the international community. The authors, Cordesman (analyst and television commentator) and Seitz (researcher, Middle East and South Asia), take an assessment approach to determining where the developments in Iran might lead. They also weigh the country's warfare capabilities and the options available for dealing with a nuclear Iran." ---Reference & Research Book News
"Dr. Mattair has Written a superb, insightful work that thoroughly lays out the issues, history, and options regarding our relationship with Iran. It is a must-read for those interested in this critical problem and for those decision-makers who will decide our course of action."---General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret) Former Commander In Chief, U.S. Central Command from 1997 to 2000 and former special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2001-2002
"This book offers an important new perspective to the debate about U.S.-Iranian relations. Much like Nixon's strategy of detente during the 1970s, Gonzalez suggests that the time is ripe for a reduction in tension with the Islamic Republic. His arguments for replacing ideological confrontation with strategic engagement are detailed and thought-provoking and should inform foreign policy discussions for many years."---james J.F. Forest United States Military Academy
What happens when the international order changes dramatically but a nation doesn't respond? Iran's inability, or unwillingness, to fully appreciate the dimensions of systemic changes triggred by the Soviet Union's demise and adjust its foreign policy accordingly has made it subject to costly international pressures and vulnerable to manipulation by its neighbors.
Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order provides the first truly comprehensive, in-depth survey of Iranian foreign policy, issue-by-issue and country-by-country, since the Islamic Revolution. To help readers understand both the what and the what and the why of Iran's role in the world and formulate useful responses to that role, the author provides a detailed analysis of Iranian foreign policy in all its dimensions.
The first part of the book places Iranian actions, particularly its relations with the United States and other key players, within the context of the emerging international system. It also shows how Iran's internal characteristics and dynamics, notably the ideological and fragmented nature of its leadership, have prevented it from adjusting its foreign policy to dramatically changed conditions of the post-Soviet world.
The Second part surveys Iranian relations with key international actors---the United States, the European Union
Russia, China---Iran's neighbors, and key regions, including, Central Asia, the Arab world, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. This incisive analysis lays an analytically sound basis for shaping policies toward Iran---Policies with potentially high payoff in terms of regional security and stability.