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‘Empowered Iran’ in a Complex Region (Middle East): Tehran’s Foreign Policy Challenges and Dimensions in the 21st Century

Muhammad Munib Khalid, Uzma Naz and Sajida Begum
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Muhammad Munib Khalid: Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Minhaj University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Uzma Naz: Assistant Professor, Department of IR, Minhaj University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Sajida Begum: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Minhaj University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 234-240

Abstract: Foreign policy is a serious module in the lives, behaviour, of all nation-states. Recently foreign policy study has acquired new dimensions as a result of a paradigm shift in Iranian foreign policy. Iran has moved away from began camp follower of the United States to an independent political actor with its independent foreign policy. Tehran, from a loyal U.S. collaborator, turned out to be a stalwart opponent. In this backdrop, the study investigates the geo-strategic importance of Iran in the Middle East and Asia as a whole. In fact, because of Tehran’s natural resources like natural gas and oil, etc., this region has always been the centre of attraction for major actors. But since Iran has changed her foreign policy roles, from western to Islamic, the region has confronted numerous security issues because of its strong Islamic history. Besides, the data for the study has incorporated from primary source taken from the official website of the foreign office of Iran, and Overall, the study examines why this alteration of the conceptual, political framework in Iran, from nationalism to Islam, has led to assume Iranian foreign policy conferring to Islamic vision.

Keywords: Iran; Paradigm; Middle East; Foreign; Strategy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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