Factors Influencing Iran's International Role.

by Leonard Binder

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An investigation of the economic and political aspects of life in Iran as they relate to her role in Middle Eastern and international affairs. In the past ten years, Iran has become increasingly capable of playing a strong and assertive international role, particularly with regard to her politico-military influence in the Middle East. The chief reason for this change is the achievement of a high level of domestic tranquillity under the political supremacy of the Shah, who has managed to gain extensive control, achieve political stability, institute far-reaching reforms, and greatly increase the nation's prosperity. It is clear that Iran has learned to play the role of a buffer state in a troubled area. Both the United States and the Soviet Union recognize the benefit they could receive from a strong and independent Iran. Prospects for the future are discussed. 57 pp. Ref

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