Iran's Foreign Policy in the South Caucasus: Relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia

1st Edition

Marzieh Kouhi-Esfahani

Routledge
December 20, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138309081 - CAT# Y367724
Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

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Summary

Iran’s role as a regional power is more significant than many in the West may realise. The country lies between Central Asia/the Caucasus and the Gulf region on the one hand, and on the other, between the Mediterranean/Levant region and South Asia. Many of these areas are of increasing strategic importance. This book explores Iran’s role as a regional power, focusing on relations with the countries of the South Caucasus - Azerbaijan and Armenia. It outlines the historical context including the Persian Empire’s rule of these countries before the nineteenth century, discusses Iran’s approach to regional foreign policy and how both internal and international factors shape policy. The book assesses Iran-Azerbaijan and Iran-Armenia bilateral relations to demonstrate how those policies translate in Iran's regional and bilateral relations. The book concludes by considering how Iran's relations in the region are likely to develop in future.

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