Revolutionary States, Leaders, and Foreign Relations: A Comparative Study of China, Cuba, and Iran

By R. K. Ramazani; Houman A. Sadri | Go to book overview

system. In his new landmark study, Revolution and War, Stephen M. Walt contends that the Waltzian view is only “partly correct, ” particularly as judged by the persistence of Soviet, Chinese and Iranian Revolutionary objectives far longer than was necessary.

Finally, although Sadri does not specifically deal with the implications of his study for future American policy toward revolutionary regimes, his plea for a better understanding of their foreign policy behavior may be interpreted as implying that there is a need for a more sophisticated and nuanced U.S. policy. Our friends and allies everywhere, especially in Europe, strongly disagree with hostile U.S. policies toward these states. They advocate a policy of “critical engagement, ” not appeasement, as a constructive way of moderating these regimes' foreign policy positions because their greater involvement in the international system rather than isolation, would constrain their behavior. It would also strengthen the hands of moderate elements within revolutionary societies. On the contrary, a belligerent policy will play into the hands of the more radical factions and will eventually hurt the United States' national interest.

R.K. Ramazani
University of Virginia

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Typology and Terminology of Revolutions 9
  • 2 - Non-Alignment as a Foreign Policy Strategy 17
  • 3 - Chinese Foreign Relations, 1949-1959 35
  • Notes 58
  • 4 - Cuban Foreign Relations, 1959-1969 65
  • 5 - Iranian Foreign Relations, 1979-1989 87
  • 6 - Conclusion 115
  • Selected Bibliography 133
  • Index 141
  • About the Author 149
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