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Iran and the Shanghai cooperation organization : ideology and realpolitik in Iranian foreign policy

Akbarzadeh, Shahram 2015, Iran and the Shanghai cooperation organization : ideology and realpolitik in Iranian foreign policy, Australian journal of international affairs, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 88-103, doi: 10.1080/10357718.2014.934195.

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Title Iran and the Shanghai cooperation organization : ideology and realpolitik in Iranian foreign policy
Author(s) Akbarzadeh, Shahram
Journal name Australian journal of international affairs
Volume number 69
Issue number 1
Start page 88
End page 103
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
Keyword(s) anti-Americanism
Iran foreign policy
Islamism
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
social sciences
international relations
Summary The Islamic Republic of Iran has pursued full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). In doing so, Iran has appeared to be unfazed by the prospect of allying with Russia and China, two countries which have systematically suppressed their Muslim minorities for decades. Similarly, the SCO's Central Asian member states are led by individual leaders who are generally believed to rule in spite of their populations. As a result, Iran's eagerness to join the SCO may appear to contradict its self-promoted image as the champion of Muslim interests, but in reality it sits nicely within its overarching enmity for the USA. Indeed, the SCO is seen as a geopolitical counterweight to the USA. For Iran, this geopolitical opportunity overrides ideological imperatives, with the gap between ideology and geopolitics most evident under the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2014.934195
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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