Diplomacy and Reform in Iran: Foreign Policy under Khatami (International Library of Iranian Studies) (Hardcover)

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Nuclear power has for the most part dominated Western media and academic analyses concerning Iranian foreign policy in recent years. This focus, however, can be misleading, especially as regards the early presidency of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005). In a riposte to Samuel Huntington's 'Clash of Civilisations' theory, Khatami proposed that there ought to be a 'Dialogue among Civilisations'. In this book, Edward Wastnidge examines Khatami's proposition, derived from the contemporary Iranian polymath Dariush Shayegan, not as a philosophical suggestion, but as a real foreign policy tool that enabled Khatami to make overtures towards the US. Across bi-lateral and multi-lateral examples, he explores its specific application and how it was used to create foreign policy and aid diplomacy. Furthermore, by placing the development of the idea within Iran's domestic political context, Wastnidge is also able to shed light onto the rise of the reform movement during this period. Based on extensive research, Diplomacy and Reform in Iran is a timely contribution to scholarship, and important reading for students and researchers of contemporary Iran and the complexities of Iranian foreign policy.

About the Author

Edward Wastnidge is a lecturer in International Studies at the Open University, having previously lectured at Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy, Keele University and the University of Manchester. He holds a PhD in Iranian History from the University of Manchester. He is also the Politics editor for the journal New Middle Eastern Studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781784533281
ISBN-10: 1784533289
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: International Library of Iranian Studies