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The World Powers and Iran

Before, During and After the Nuclear Deal

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Explores Iran’s engagements with the world powers: before, during and after the nuclear deal or JCPOA

  • Reveals how Iran convinced major powers to help advance its nuclear program despite roadblocks

  • Shows how, to advance its nuclear program, Iran used powerful narratives and engaged in relentless diplomacy

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

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About this book

This book reveals the reasons for and ways in which the Islamic Republic of Iran challenged the world powers, through the pursuit of material and ideational goals, to advance a strong nuclear program in the past decade. The book explores Iran’s interactions with the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Republic of India, in the period before (2011-2012), during (2013-2016) and after (2017-2021) the finalization of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015. Iran’s narratives and actions to build middle power status are examined at length against the backdrop of its attempts to reshape global politics, the Middle East region, and the future of the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Banafsheh Keynoush is the author of Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? (2016), and the editor of Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East (2021). She received her PhD from Tufts University, completed coursework at Harvard University, and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, USA.


Keywords

  • Iran
  • war and peace
  • Iran and the United States
  • Iran and India
  • Iran and China
  • Iran and Russia
  • Iran and the EU
  • nuclear program
  • Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
  • nuclear deal
  • middle power

Reviews

“Amid much noise and misunderstanding over Iran’s foreign relations and its nuclear program, Banafsheh Keynoush has produced a solid work of scholarship on these two related topics. Zeroing in on Iran’s relations with India, China, the US, the EU, and Russia, she examines the primary drivers of Iranians foreign policy with keen insight and in considerable depth. This excellent addition to the scholarship should be required reading for all students, experts, and policymakers interested in understanding Iran’s relations with the world powers.” 
Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar

“Banafsheh Keynoush has written a rich account of Iranian relations with great powers over the last ten years. The book builds on conversations with former policymakers in the US and abroad, and provides a useful lens for understanding the challenges in reviving the nuclear deal.” Alexandre Debs, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Yale University, USA

“This book delivers an insightful examination of Iran’s foreign policy by focusing on its nuclear program and using the nuances of important bilateral relationships to understand Iran’s relationship with major powers. Through the lens of IR theories, Keynoush’s argument that Iran, as a middle power, was able to change the position of great powers is welcome to both IR theory and Middle East politics. 
Lawrence Rubin, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

“Few thinkers are as qualified as Banafsheh Keynoush to offer a critical reflection of Iran’s place in the world. Her latest book offers a sweeping analysis of Iran’s nuclear programme in the context of Tehran’s engagement with global politics. This hugely ambitious tome offers a timely insight into Iran’s actions on the world stage and should be essential reading for all Western diplomats engaging with Iran about the nuclear question.” 
Simon Mabon, Professor and Chair in International Relations, Director of the Richardson Institute, Lancaster University, UK

“In this rigorously researched book, Keynoush deftly unpacks Iran’s nuclear calculations over the course of the last decade. As Keynoush tracks the competing policy argument in Tehran, she shows how Iran continues to wrestle with identifying and protecting what it considers to be its national interests on the regional and global stages. This informative book is a much welcome addition to the literature on Iranian national security policy-making.” 
Alex Vatanka, Middle East Institute Director of Iran Program, and Senior Fellow, Frontier Europe Initiative

“Dr. Keynoush makes an important contribution to our understanding of Iranian foreign policy. Placing Tehran’s involvement in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) within a broader global context, there are highly informative chapters on Iran’s bilateral relations worldwide, especially those with China, India, and Russia that often do not get the attention they deserve. This excellent book deserves wide readership.” 
Jerrold D. Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

“This volume is a valuable and timely analysis of Iran’s perspective on the hot-button nuclear issue in its relations with the full range of major powers – the U.S., the EU, Russia, China, and even India – over the entire past decade. It has the added virtue of striving to place all of this factual material into appropriate theoretical frameworks, and the even greater virtue of acknowledging where and when such theories fall short. A prime case in point, the author shows, is the enduring hostility between Iran and the U.S., which reflects a complex and fluid mixtures of ideologies and interests that do not fit neatly into any preconceived categories.” 
David Pollock, Senior Fellow and Director, Fikra Forum, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

“The volume is fresh in its tone, measured in its analysis, and clear-eyed in its conclusions, doubled by a simple, direct, and practical set of guidelines for dealing with Iran. The most valuable conclusion is that offensive realism can be practiced successfully even by second-tier powers.” Sorin Adam Matei, Associate Dean of Research, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, USA

Authors and Affiliations

  • San Francisco, USA

    Banafsheh Keynoush

About the author

Banafsheh Keynoush is the author of Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? (2016), and the editor of Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East (2021). She received her PhD from Tufts University, completed coursework at Harvard University, and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, USA.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.