This book offers a close reading of Iranian foreign policy praxis in the post-Khomeini era, looking in particular at questions of continuity and discontinuity with the past. Using a poststructuralist approach, Afrasiabi provides a new perspective on the dynamics of Iranian foreign policy, identifying the sources, tensions, and dilemmas of restructuring foreign policy in the post-Cold War era Special attention is given to Iran's Persian Gulf policy during and after the recent Kuwait crisis and to Iran's new Central Asia/ Caucasus policy; linkages between these foreign policy issues are carefully analyzed.
Afrasiabi offers a detailed discussion of the nature of the relation between Iran's foreign policy and the "New World Order," the U.S.-Iran "games of strategy," and the prospects for conflict and cooperation between Iran and the Western superpower. In closing, he speculates on the future of Iran's foreign policy and offers an assessment of areas that require further adjustments.
K. L. Afrasiabi teaches the history and politics of the Middle East at Boston University.