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Iran, Revolution, and Proxy Wars

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  • Uses network analysis to identify and discuss the Revolutionary Guards sponsorship of numerous terror groups in the region
  • Discusses the way in which Iran has used the proxies to destabilize Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the Gaza Strip and as well as the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia
  • Demonstrates how Iran has used its proxies to undermine the interests of the United States and its allies, including Israel

Part of the book series: Middle East Today (MIET)

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This book analyzes the historical quest of the Islamic Republic of Iran to export its revolution to the Muslim countries in the Middle East and beyond. The authors argue that Iran exported its revolution by using proxies such as Hezbollah, the Iraqi Shite militias, and the Houthis. The study unravels the casual chain behind less-known cases of Iranian sponsorship of al Qaeda (Central) and al Qaida in Iraq. It combines rigorous theory with detailed empirical analysis which can add to the current debate about ways to roll back Iran’s revolutionary export.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gratz College, Philadelphia, USA

    Ofira Seliktar

  • Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

    Farhad Rezaei

About the authors

Ofira Seliktar is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Gratz College, USA.  She is widely published and recently co-authored Iran, Israel, and the United States:The Politics of Counterproliferation Nuclear Intelligence with Farhad Rezaei.

Farhad Rezaei is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. He is also Iran’s foreign policy analyst and author of numerous books and articles on Iran’s foreign policy, Iran’s nuclear program, nuclear intelligence, and nuclear and radiological terrorism. He recently authored Iran’s Foreign Policy After the Nuclear Agreement: Politics of Normalizers and Traditionalists.


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