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The JCPOA: How Iran’s Grand Strategy Stifled The US

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-722
Number of pages17
Issue number4
Early online date25 Jan 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jan 2018


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The 2015 JCPOA provided a poignant example of how Iran successfully pursued its grand strategy, which was established following, and had evolved since, the 1979 Revolution. As a result, Tehran was able to stifle Washington, DC’s attempts to influence domestic Iranian affairs. In this context, this paper argues that Iran’s grand strategy juggled its commitment to its revolutionary mantra, formed in 1979, and a pragmatic approach to pursuing national interests. This is accomplished by analyzing the foundation and evolution of Iran’s grand strategy, and where the US fits in this dynamic. By focusing on the negotiations leading up to and the eventual signing of the JCPOA, this paper sheds light on how Iran’s grand strategy was formulated, what constitutes the main drivers and barriers to the strategy, and indeed how this manifested itself in the US-Iran relationship context.

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