Iran and the Post-War Security in the Persian Gulf

by Nikola B. Schahgaldian

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This report examines key elements of Iran's present foreign policy attitudes and its likely future direction over the next few years under the impact of recent domestic Iranian political changes and the emerging postwar security environment in the Persian Gulf region. As such, it identifies prevailing trends and tendencies in Iran's regional and international behavior and highlights Iran's attempts to define a new regional role for itself. The report includes an assessment of the significance and likely impact of the Soviet Union's disappearance on short-term Iranian policy calculations and discusses the implications of these developments for U.S. policy in Iran and the Persian Gulf region.

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