Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era
Resisting the New International Order
by Shireen T. Hunter
May 2010, 316pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38194-2
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What happens when the international order changes dramatically but a nation doesn’t respond? Iran’s inability, or unwillingness, to change its approach to the United States and Israel in the wake of the collapse of the USSR has made it subject to costly pressures from these two nations and key European states—and vulnerable to manipulation by its neighbors.

A comprehensive exploration of postrevolution Iranian foreign policy analyzes the country's relations with key nations and regions and the impact of both Iran's domestic situation and the developing global system.

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 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, while also showing how domestic developments impact foreign policy. The second part surveys Iranian relations with specific actors, notably the United States and Russia, and with key regions, including Europe, Central Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, and Africa. Providing an antidote to existing preconceptions, 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.


  • Presents documentation from many government sources, including Iranian and international organizations
  • Offers a clear chronology of developments in relations with Iran and the evolution of Iranian foreign policy relative to each country/region surveyed
  • Provides an extensive bibliography of original sources, government documents, academic publications, and websites
Shireen T. Hunter, PhD, is visiting professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Hunter is the author/editor of 22 books and major monographs, including Iran and the World: Continuity in a Revolutionary Decade. Her latest book is Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity.
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