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"Iran's Foreign Policy towards Iraq and Syria"

"Iran's Foreign Policy towards Iraq and Syria"

New Faultlines Emerging in Central Eurasia — Global Implications

Journal Article, Turkish Policy Quarterly, volume 6, issue 2

Summer 2007

Author: Kayhan Barzegar, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program, 2007–2010

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

OVERVIEW

This paper investigates the roots of Iranian foreign policy toward Iraq and Syria after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Because of its geo-strategic location, political-cultural characteristics and energy sources, Iran is a pivotal state in shaping the international politics of the Middle East. Since the September 11th events, Iran has increasingly had impact on the issues such as regional crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon as well as the war against global terrorism, which are currently the most significant agenda items of international security. The author argues that Iran's foreign policy towards Iraq and Syria is primarily geopolitical, oriented at building a secure environment at its borders, for strategic-pragmatic purposes.

 

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Full text of this publication is available at:
http://www.esiweb.org/pdf/esi_turkey_tpq_id_100.pdf

For Academic Citation:

Barzegar, Kayhan. "Iran's Foreign Policy towards Iraq and Syria." Turkish Policy Quarterly 6, no. 2 (Summer 2007).

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