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Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East

Edited By Banafsheh Keynoush

Few regions in the world are as torn by conflicts as the Near East, in which Iran plays a central role. Opportunities to engage with Iran are abundant, but they are squandered when regional states address immediate conflicts in which Iran is only one part, despite its prominent role. Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East provides a comprehensive guide to broaden our understanding about Iran and its regional neighbors. By analyzing how Iran’s neighbors view their ties with the country, this volume reveals why Iran is less successful in expanding its regional influence than what is commonly assumed. This is the first book of its kind to be written exclusively by authors from and working in the Near East region who came together at a roundtable funded by and convened at Princeton University. As the moderator of the roundtable, the editor of this volume invited the authors to contribute chapters to this timely book. The book explores a wide range of topics to describe the complex relations between Iran and other states in the Near East including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. The volume is designed to inform politicians, world leaders, scholars, senior policy makers, and graduate students, and it provides an accessible guide to undergraduate students, junior scholars, and the general public.

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Introduction (Banafsheh Keynoush)

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Banafsheh Keynoush

This volume aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive guide into the points of views of Iran’s neighbors in the Near East about the country’s conduct of its regional foreign policy. The volume is designed to inform scholars, graduate students, and senior policy makers; but it also provides an accessible guide to undergraduate students, junior scholars, and the general public to better understand the regional relations in the Near East. Few regions in the world have been quite torn by conflicts and wars as the Near East region, in which Iran has played a central role. This volume is meant to improve our understanding about Iran’s regional neighbors and their policies toward the country.

International relations and the politics of the Near East region interact closely, and are interdependent, especially when it pertains to the influence that the United States of America has on the local countries. It is impossible to examine Iran’s regional behavior in a serious fashion without examining how external powers such as the United States have shaped the regional sub-system, and how the region has responded to US policy preferences on issues that involve Iran. In a similar vein, it is impossible to ignore the rich case studies that the individual countries in the Near East have supplied to better understand local interactions with Iran.

In this spectrum of topics that the present volume explores, different international relations theories and concepts are discussed in order to describe...

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