The Islamic Republic of Iran faced a favourable strategic environment after 2001 – a window of opportunity. Iran responded by assertively seeking to expand its interests throughout the Middle East. It fell far short, however, of fulfilling its longstanding ambition to become the dominant power in the Persian Gulf and a leading regional power in the broader Middle East. This book develops a variant of neoclassical realism, a theory of foreign policy mistakes, to explore the ... Read more
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