Ideology and Pragmatism in Iran's Foreign Policy

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Abstract:

This essay hypothesizes that the tension between religious ideology and pragmatism has persisted throughout Iranian history. The Iranian Revolution simply put it on graphic display in the contemporary period. The essay also suggests that the dynamic processes of cultural maturation seem to be shifting the balance of influence increasingly away from religious ideology toward pragmatic calculation of the national interest in the making and implementation of foreign policy decisions. The obvious implications of all this for US-Iran relations are mentioned.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3751/194034604783997123

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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