The book offers the first systematic account of Iran’s foreign policy following the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) of July 14, 2015. The author evaluates in what ways the JCPOA, in conjunction with the dramatic changes taking shape in the international order, have affected Iran’s foreign policy. Known as Normalizers, the moderate leadership under President Hassan Rouhani had planned to normalize Iran’s foreign relations by curtailing terrorism and reintegrate Iran into the community of nations. Their hardline opponents, the Principalists, rejected the JCPOA as a tool of subjection to the West and insisted on exporting the Islamist revolution, a source of much destabilization and terror in the region and beyond. The project also analyzes the struggle between Normalizers and their hardline opponents with regards to global and regional issues and Iran’s foreign policy towards global powers including the U.S., Russia, EU, and regional countries including Iraq, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Table of Contents
1. The Negotiated Political Order and the Making of Iran’s Foreign Policy
2. Iran and the United States: The Rise and Fall of the Brief Détente
3. Iran and Russia: Completing the Pivot to the East?
4. Iran and the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities
5. Iran and Iraq: The Lebanonization Project in the Balance
6. Iran and Syria: Leveraging the Victory?
7. Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Struggle for Regional Hegemony and Islamic Primacy
8. Iran and Turkey: Frenemies for Ever?
9. Iran and Israel: Taking on the "Zionist Enemy"