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Syria and Iran : Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System - Anoushiravan Ehteshami

Syria and Iran

Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System

Hardcover Published: 30th January 1997
ISBN: 9780415156752
Number Of Pages: 248

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It has been the dominant view that both Syria in the 1980s and Iran today have acted as rogue states in the Middle East threatening to upset the stability of the region. In this innovative new study, Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Raymond Hinnebusch show that these two countries have in fact acted in a rational fashion pursuing the aim of containing Western influence.
This book demonstrates how Syrian foreign policy resembles the rational actor model and Iran's rational factions in government guide its diplomacy. Syria and Iran's foreign policies are shown to be conventional ones, of realist diplomacy with their pursuance of a balance of power and spheres of influence. Their alliance with each other is also closely examined and found to be defensive in nature.
Syria and Iran illustrates how these two countries, and their alliance, forms an integral part of the balance of power in the Middle East. It is an exciting contribution to the study of the region, and its application of international relations concepts will be welcomed by those studying this area.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Middle East International Relationsp. 6
The Foreign Policy of Iranp. 27
The Foreign Policy of Syriap. 57
The Syrian-Iranian Alliance and the Struggle for the Middle Eastp. 87
The Shi'a and the Struggle for Lebanonp. 116
Syria, Iran and the Arab-Israeli Peace Processp. 157
Conclusionsp. 196
Appendix: Chronology of Syrian-Iranian Relationsp. 207
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780415156752
ISBN-10: 0415156750
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.44  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1