Security Paranoia At Crux of Iran's Foreign Policy

The U.S is the only country that matters in Iranian foreign policy, but maintaining a level of confrontation with the 'Great Satan' is only a deterrence tactic, says an Iranian foreign policy expert.

Brian Adeba
Published: Wednesday, 12/07/2005 12:00 am EST

Iran's foreign policy--since the establishment of the Islamic republic in 1979--has been driven by paranoia about security and the desire to counter American policy in the Middle East, said Mahmood Sariolghalam, Director of the Centre for Scientific Research and Middle East Strategic Studies at the National University of Iran.

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