By Maaike Warnaar
Written for students and practitioners wondered through Iran's international coverage offerings, this publication argues that Iran's overseas coverage habit is healthier understood within the context of the regime's overseas coverage ideology, that's rooted in a notion of Iran as a kingdom replaced through the 1979 Revolution and an instance to different international locations in a altering global.
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Ideology, in other words, does not lose its function in sustaining a political order when it is not (or no longer) believed: despite their disbelief in the legitimacy of the way in which power is organized, subordinated groups reproduce this order through every day practices, even through the small acts of resistance they see possible for themselves. The system as a whole—and the shared ideas that reproduce it—remains in place. When Lisa Wedeen argues that Hafez Al-Assad’s power was not based on legitimacy, but rather on compliance, pointing to “the role of rhetoric and symbols in producing political power in the absence of belief or emotional commitment,”31 what matters is people’s conformity to the mechanism of ideology despite disbelief.
The book’s main argument is that Iran’s rivalry with Israel is a ST UDYING IRANIAN F ORE IGN P OLICY 21 consequence of geopolitical circumstances, not ideology. ” In other words, ideology has been instrumental in achieving material goals, but has no explanatory power of its own. Parsi makes his case by showing that geopolitical—rather than ideological—shifts preceded the major transformations in Israeli–Iranian relations. The change of Iran’s foreign policy toward Israel, he argued, did not result immediately from the Iranian Revolution in 1979, but followed a decade later.
Even with the decline of the Iraqi threat, Israel and Iran continued to have common interests and shared common threats. ” In practice, however, a sociopolitically embedded ideology in both countries facilitated the other option: that of enmity. Iran’s foreign policy discourse, as officially communicated by the state and the media, from the early days of the Republic has been relying on the identification of external enemies (as later chapters will show). Parsi argues how during the Iran–Iraq War, this enemy was Saddam’s regime, and when the Iraqi’s were defeated in the 1991 Gulf War, the Israeli enemy was there to take Iraq’s place.
Iranian Foreign Policy during Ahmadinejad: Ideology and Actions by Maaike Warnaar