Mahan Abedin

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  • Mahan Abedin is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. <a href="/profile/mabedin">Click here for details profile</a>

    The Domestic Determinants of Iranian Foreign Policy: Challenges to Consensus

    The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is widely misunderstood. On the one hand many experts regard the Iranian foreign policy as being essentially ideology driven while on the other hand a significant body of opinion believes that ideology is a convenient smokescreen for Iran's pursuit of its national interests. This paper examines the role of ideological, political and institutional actors in the context of the Islamic Republic's quest for consensus and cohesion.

    July 2011

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards: Ideological But Not Praetorian

    The role of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has come under an increasing spotlight in recent years. This scrutiny has intensified in the wake of the controversial June 2009 presidential elections and the unrest which followed. Western governments, in tandem with the more radical sections of the Iranian opposition, appear keen to construct a narrative wherein the IRGC steadily displaces the ruling clergy as Iran's political masters. Fears of a growing political role for the IRGC – let alone a full-blown military takeover – are overstated.

    May 2011

    War Clouds Gather over Iran

    Whilst war is not likely in the foreseeable future, the likelihood of its occurrence further down the line has increased in the light of Admiral Mullen’s statement.

    September 01, 2010

    America Leaves Iraq: A Strategic Appraisal

    As the latest wave of deadly bombings across Iraq vividly demonstrates, the war-torn country has a long way to go before it achieves an acceptable level of stability.

    August 27, 2010

    The Strategic Ramifications of anti-Iran Sanctions

    Only through direct negotiations with Iran can the international community influence and possibly alter the strategic calculus of its rulers.

    August 13, 2010