State identity in Iranian foreign policy

Akbarzadeh, Shahram and Barry, James 2016, State identity in Iranian foreign policy, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 613-629, doi: 10.1080/13530194.2016.1159541.

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Title State identity in Iranian foreign policy
Author(s) Akbarzadeh, ShahramORCID iD for Akbarzadeh, Shahram orcid.org/0000-0001-8829-9147
Barry, JamesORCID iD for Barry, James orcid.org/0000-0002-8965-5665
Journal name British journal of Middle Eastern studies
Volume number 43
Issue number 4
Start page 613
End page 629
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1353-0194
1469-3542
Summary This article examines the role of corporate identity in Iran’s foreign policy making. Drawing on interviews with Iranian stakeholders and an analysis of Iran’s political developments, this article surveys the three key elements of Iranian nationalism that shape Iranian foreign policy: Iranism, Islam and Shi’ism. This article finds that each of these is crucial in explaining the apparent contradictions in the approaches of several significant Iranian leaders, especially in cases where Iranism collides with religious values. By highlighting how each component is at once unique but still intrinsically linked to the others, this article demonstrates how Iran’s foreign policy choices can be understood in relation to its corporate identity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13530194.2016.1159541
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 ©2016, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083746

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