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Situation Assessment 04 September, 2012

Revolutionary Iran and the Arab Revolts: Observations on Iranian Foreign Policy and its Approaches

Mahjoob Zweiri

Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri is the Head of Humanities Department at Qatar University and is an assistant professor in Contemporary History of the Middle East. He is also a visiting professor to School of Government & International Affairs at Durham University. Previously he was an expert in Middle East Politics and Iran at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. He holds a PhD in the Modern History of Iran from Tehran University (2002). From March 2003-December 2006 he was a research fellow and then director of the Centre for Iranian Studies in the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University. His areas of research are Middle East politics and security domestic politics of Iran Iran’s foreign policy Iran-Arab relations Shi’asim political Islam and new media and politics in the Middle East. In addition to Arabic Dr. Zweiri is fluent in Farsi and English and has been extensively published in various journals including Middle Eastern Studies Middle East Policy The Journal of North African Studies The Journal of Middle Eastern Geopolitics Geopolitical Affairs Asian Politics and Policy and Third World Quarterly. Some of his other publications include “The Tenth Iranian Presidential Elections and their Regional Implications” (August 2010) written for the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies Iran’s Foreign Policy: from Khatami to Ahmadinejad (2008) joint editor Iran and the Rise of Its Neoconservatives: The politics of Tehran’s Silent Revolution (2007) co-author.

Abstract

The paper, based on a lecture Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri delivered at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, on Monday February 6, 2012, puts forward the author's reflections on the Iranian position on the Arab Spring. To this end, the paper seeks to discuss the Iranian reading of the Arab Spring with a focus on the political rhetoric coming from Tehran. The author seeks to examine the internal Iranian political scene and how it relates to Iran's foreign policy and its shifting positions on the Arab revolutions

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