Iran after Khomeini

Iran after Khomeini

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Three years after the departure of the Ayatollah Rouhallah Khomeini, Iran's political future remains uncertain. This volume explores the directions the Islamic regime and, more importantly, the Iranian society and nation are likely to take in the 1990s. The study begins with a brief historical survey of Iran's political institutions, its sociocultural traits, and its economic and military conditions, as well as its foreign policy orientation at the time of the revolution. It follows with a summary of the political, social, and economic changes the Islamic revolution introduced. These serve as benchmarks against which to measure the changes and reforms of the last three years and provide a basis for sketching the potential future directions of Iran's domestic evolution and foreign relations.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 11.18mm | 430.91g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • index
  • 0275942937
  • 9780275942939

Table of contents

Foreword Summary Introduction Constitutional and Political Issues The Military Establishment: Adapting to Peacetime The Economy: From Boom to Bust or What? Culture and Society: Toward a New Islamo-Nationalist Synthesis? Foreign Relations: Continuity and Change Conclusions and Outlook Index
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"Recognizing that economic necessity tempers ideological excess, Shireen Hunter suggests that the Islamic regime will likely survive and Iran will be reintegrated into the international community in the 1990s--an important message that the American public can ill afford to ignore."- R. K. Ramazani Harry F. Byrd Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs and Director of the GCC Project University of Virginia "An excellent analysis of Iran's post-Khomeini domestic and foreign policies within a historical context that helps the reader understand today's internecine struggles between President Rafsanjani and his more radical Islamic opponents. . . . It is a valuable and timely assessment."- Christopher Van Hollen Vice President, Middle East Institute Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs "Shireen Hunter provides an exceptionally clear road map that shows how Iran arrived at its present predicament and where it may be going from here. Her analysis penetrates the veil of mystery that too often shrouds Iranian politics and holds out a modest hope for a gradual healing of the wounds inflicted on U.S.-Iran relations. This is a handbook for students, statesmen, and citizens who want to understand Iran's policies and their implications for security and stability in the Persian Gulf."-Gary S. Sick Author of October Surprise: America's Hostages and the Election of Ronald Reagan (1991)
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About Shireen T. Hunter

SHIREEN T. HUNTER is deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her publications include OPEC and the Third World: Politics of Aid (1984), The Politics of Islamic Revivalism: Diversity and Unity (1986), and Iran and the World: Continuity in a Revolutionary Decade (1990). She has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes, and her articles have appeared in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, Current History, Third World Quarterly, OPEC Review, Middle East Journal, Middle East International, and Relazioni Internazionali.
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