Iran and instability in the Middle East by ProQuest


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									Imad Mansour

Iran and instability
in the Middle East
How preferences influence the regional order

In the Middle East today, Iran is trying to upgrade its status to a dominant
power by demonstrating an ability to penetrate and influence various regional
theatres. Meanwhile, despite being the sole global power with considerable
military presence in the region, America’s strategic initiatives in the Middle
East are frustrated by Iran’s behaviour. This interaction is destabilizing the
Middle East regional order. In this article I demonstrate that instability is
mainly driven by the incompatibility of the two states’ preferences, not their
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