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dc.contributor.advisorMagnus, Ralph H.
dc.contributor.advisorSaid, Kamil T.
dc.contributor.authorWoodyard, Bruce Leroy
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-23T22:04:58Z
dc.date.available2013-01-23T22:04:58Z
dc.date.issued1993-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/26736
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe end of the Cold War has caused the emergence of regional conflicts and a lack of focus in United States foreign policy. This situation, has resulted in a newly confrontational stance with Tehran, manifested by an American policy of containment of the Islamic Republic. However, this portrayal of Iran as a pervasive threat to American interests is a mistake. This study offers an historical analysis of Iran's foreign policy interests and strategic outlook, a discussion of the dynamics of the Islamic Republic, and a history of United States-Iran relations. Strategic concerns have always dominated this relationship, and this continues to be so today. With the Soviet collapse and the defeat of Iraq, an altered and delicate balance of power exists in Southwest Asia. Iran's strategic importance has thus increased. Furthermore, Tehran must pursue moderation for a variety of reasons. The author concludes that the United States and Iran share both strategic and economic interests. America should pursue these shared interests from its current position of strength and gain Iran's cooperation on important issues. United States engagement with Iran would strengthen the pragmatic elements in the government, foster economic development and improve the security and stability of the region. Iran, Persian/Arabian Gulf, Middle East, Iranian revolution, Islamic ideology, Foreign policyen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/revolutionorreal00wood
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleRevolution or realism? United States-Iran relations in the post-Cold War eraen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School
dc.contributor.schoolNaval Postgraduate School
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorIranen_US
dc.subject.authorPersian/Arabian Gulfen_US
dc.subject.authorMiddle Easten_US
dc.subject.authorIranian revolutionen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic ideologyen_US
dc.subject.authorforeign policyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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