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Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical Realism and Iranian Foreign Policy

Thomas Juneau


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 causes and consequences of Iran’s sub-optimal performance. Rising power drove Iranian assertiveness, as most variants of r ... More

Keywords: Islamic Republic of Iran, neoclassical realism, realism, foreign policy analysis, Middle East, Iraq, Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran’s nuclear program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804793056
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804793056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Juneau, author