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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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Dr. Hamad H. Albloshi is an assistant professor of political science at Kuwait University. He is the author of The Eternal Revolution: Hardliners and Conservatives in Iran (I.B. Tauris, 2016), the author of journal papers on the orange movement in Kuwait, the ideological roots of the Houthi movement in Yemen, and sectarianism and the Arab Spring focused on case studies of Kuwaiti Shiʿa. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dr. Nursin Ateşoğlu Güney is a professor of international relations at Nisantası University in Istanbul. Previously, she was Dean of Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at Bahçeşehir Cyprus University. She has been appointed recently to Turkey’s Presidential Security and Foreign Policy Council, and is the vice-president and a security and nuclear energy fellow at the Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM). She contributes to BiLGESAM by writing analytical essays on security issues. She has published articles on the Middle East, US foreign and security policies, the EU, NATO and on issues related to arms control and disarmament, and energy and migration. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and of the Board of Directors of the International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory. She is a commentator on national Turkish television and international TV networks, and contributes opinion pieces to Turkish newspapers.

Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush is a foreign policy scholar and practitioner. She was a...

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