Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.

The Changing Character of Iranian Foreign Policy

The changing character of iranian foreign policy
Graeme A. M. Davies

Iran has a fascinating history. Located at the center of a critically important region for global politics, it received a great deal of attention from the superpowers and other powerful states in the Middle East during the Cold War. Its oil reserves have made others dependent on Iran, but this chapter explores the puzzle of why this has not provided Iran with leverage in international relations. Rather, its oil has attracted outside actors—including Great Britain, the Soviet Union/Russia, and the United States—each trying to control or seek concessions from Iran. Iran has also been affected by geopolitical competitions and rivalry, both in the global conflict between the United ...

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