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By David E. Thaler, Alireza Nader, Shahram Chubin, Jerrold D. Green, Charlotte Lynch

ISBN-10: 0833047736

ISBN-13: 9780833047731

The U.S. skill to "read" the Iranian regime and formulate acceptable rules has been weakened by means of loss of entry to the rustic and via the opacity of decisionmaking in Tehran. to enhance realizing of Iran's political process, the authors describe Iranian strategic tradition; examine Iran's casual networks, formal executive associations, and personalities; verify the influence of elite habit on Iranian coverage; and summarize key tendencies.

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This is a topic we discuss in detail in Chapter Four. Second, the duality of theocracy and republicanism in the Iranian system complicates matters further. , Iran—Constitution [A Translation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran], International Constitutional Law, last updated in 1995. 2 Unelected bodies, such as the Guardian Council, also vet candidates for elected office and disqualify candidates deemed unworthy based on a perceived lack of their adherence to revolutionary and Islamic values.

The Guardian Council’s predisposition to extend its hand and influence elections reaffirms the duality of theocracy and republicanism in Iran—the former often dominates the latter. 24 Since 1989, the Supreme Leader has relied on the Expediency Council for advice on domestic policies. Currently headed by Rafsanjani, the council is composed of some 35–40 permanent and temporary members representing many major government factions (factions are discussed at length in Chapter Four), the heads of the three branches of government, and the clerical mem- 21 The meaning of the Assembly of Experts’ term approbatory supervision is still open to debate today.

January 11, 2006. 3 Fred Halliday, “Arabs and Persians Beyond the Geopolitics of the Gulf,” Cahiers d’Études sur la Méditerranée Orientale et le Mond Turco-Iranien, March 4, 2005. Assertiveness and Caution in Iranian Strategic Culture 7 had defined Iran and much of the Middle East for hundreds of years. Although Iran experienced renewed periods of national greatness and regional power after the Arab conquest, especially under the Safavids (1502–1736) and, some might argue, under the Pahlavi dynasty (1925– 1979), it never regained the unquestioned status of a regional superpower that it had enjoyed before the Arab conquest.

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