paradoxes of policy preferences over the political shape and future of this new "orbit" for foreign policy action.
Chapter Five probes the broader issue of Iran and the new world order. A critical commentary on the Iranians' debate of the issue is presented, followed by a discussion that seeks to highlight the potential contributions of Iran to the emergence of a truly multicentric world, both politically and geoculturally. It will be argued that the Iranian ability to intervene in the shaping of a multipolar, new world order hinges on the discursive capability to offset the unipolarist tendency of the post-communist epoch. Moreover, this chapter contains a lengthy discussion of the Iran-United States "games of strategy" and the potential for a new Cold War in the Middle East. The thesis that I advance here is that this "game" is basically a non-zero-sum competition, which has the potential for simultaneous conflict and cooperation, and that unless this is mutually recognized by Iran and the United States, the possibilities of a peaceful resolution of their conflicts of interests will be postponed indefinitely. This chapter also offers policy suggestions about how to avoid a new Cold War in the Middle East, including a call for a "neo-Nixon" doctrine on the part of the United States. A final concluding chapter speculates on the future of Iranian foreign policy for the remainder of the 1990s. An appendix covering the chronology of Iranian foreign policy during the Kuwait crisis has been added to complement the discussions of the second chapter.