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The Revolution Expands

Ariane M. Tabatabai

in No Conquest, No Defeat: Iran's National Security Strategy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197534601
eISBN:
9780197554586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197534601.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This final chapter assesses Iran’s national security thinking and policies today. It discusses Tehran’s contemporary military interventions, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. It also ... More


In Defense of the Family of the Prophet

Afshon Ostovar

in Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199387892
eISBN:
9780190491727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387892.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Comparative Politics

Iran has had a vested interest in shaping the outcomes of the Arab Spring. The IRGC had learned with the fall of Saddam that it could successfully exploit power vacuums for strategic gains. Syria’s ... More


The 2020 Iranian Crisis: De-escalating from the Use of Force

Morgan T. Rees

in Ideas and the Use of Force in American Foreign Policy: Presidential Decision-Making in a Post-Cold War World

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781529215908
eISBN:
9781529215939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529215908.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter discusses how tensions between principled and cognitive interpretations of US interests towards Iran saw the Trump administration on the brink of conflict as Trump struggled to reconcile ... More


The War on Terror

Afshon Ostovar

in Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199387892
eISBN:
9780190491727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387892.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Comparative Politics

September 11th opened a window for brief collaboration between Tehran and Washington. Through Iranian diplomats, the IRGC’s Qods Force, and its chief, Qassem Soleimani, provided intelligence to ... More


The Revolution Matures (1988–2001): Consolidation, Reconstruction, and Reform

Ariane M. Tabatabai

in No Conquest, No Defeat: Iran's National Security Strategy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197534601
eISBN:
9780197554586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197534601.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter surveys the period of reconstruction after the Iran-Iraq War. It discusses how the regime consolidated power and undertook key reforms in the security and military sectors to ensure its ... More


Big Bang, Big Crunch

Afshon Ostovar

in Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199387892
eISBN:
9780190491727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387892.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Comparative Politics

President Barack Obama sought a new beginning with Iran, but the violence that followed the contested re-election of Mahmud Ahmadinejad made that impossible. The IRGC and Basij were deeply involved ... More


Conclusion

Ariane M. Tabatabai

in No Conquest, No Defeat: Iran's National Security Strategy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197534601
eISBN:
9780197554586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197534601.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

The Conclusion answers questions first posed in the Introduction pertaining to the drivers shaping Iran’s national security thinking and policies, including its nuclear and missile programs, support ... More


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