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Iran's foreign policy in Central Asia and the South Caucasus since 1991 serves to show Tehran's foreign policy shift from revolutionary Islam to realpolitik. The Islamic Republic's failure to export the Islamic Revolution as well as economic troubles precipitated by the Iran-Iraq War led Tehran to act with more pragmatism in its foreign policy endeavors after Soviet Union disintegration. The shift to realpolitik reflects Iran's failure to support revolutionary Islam in Tajikistan as well as tacit support for Armenia instead of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This paper examines the strong role power politics now play in Iran's foreign policy at the expense of revolutionary Islam, particularly with regards to its relationships with Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Russia.
Iran-Iraq War, Caspian Sea Oil, Iran Foreign Policy, South Caucasus, Former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Foreign Policy Iran, Primakov Doctrine, Russia And Iran, Realpolitik, Revolutionary Islam
Date of Defense
April 4, 2007.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of International Affairs in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Peter Garretson, Professor Directing Thesis; Jonathan Grant, Committee Member; Mark Souva, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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