Nuclear Politics in Iran
(11 May 2010)
In the first of a new series of case studies from the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), three prominent scholars examine the emergence of an Iranian nuclear political strategy and its role in shaping domestic political discourse and international security policy. The new case study series is entitled Middle East Security Perspectives.
This case study is edited by Dr. Judith S. Yaphe, Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East in INSS.
Farideh Farhi argues that failed negotiations between the reformist government and European representatives have contributed to the increasingly strident tone that Iranian negotiators took after 2006. Next, Bahman Baktiari explores how Iran's leaders use Western opposition to validate their quest for international legitimacy and to generate domestic national unity. And Anoushiravan Ehteshami analyzes the troubled presidential election of June 2009 and concludes that the relationship between state and society and between the forces that make up the Iranian power elite will never again be the same.