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Iranian foreign policy towards Tajikistan and Afghanistan during the Ahmadinejad presidency: the rising Salience of Persian national identity

Clark, Brenton


Through the application of an identity based constructivist theoretical framework, this article argues that a gradual embrace of Persian conceptions of state identity by Iranian political elites and wider society has taken place over the last decade. The embrace of what this article terms ‘Persian identity’ has deeply affected how Iran externally ‘portrays itself’ and pursues its foreign policy interests. This has become increasingly apparent in the context of its trilateral relations with...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Central Asian & Caucasian Studies


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