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Independence without Freedom
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Ruhi Ramazani is widely considered the dean of Iranian foreign policy study, having spent the past sixty years studying and writing about the country's international relations. In Independence without Freedom, Ramazani draws together twenty of his most insightful and important articles and book chapters, with a new introduction and afterword, which taken together offer compelling evidence that the United States and Iran will not go to war.

The volume’s introduction outlines the origins of Ramazani’s early interest in Iran’s international role, which can be traced to the crushing effects of World War II on the country and Iran’s historic decision to free its oil industry from the British Empire. In the afterword, he discusses the reasons behind America’s poor understanding of Iranian foreign policy, articulates the fundamentals of his own approach to the study of Iran—including the nuclear dispute—and describes the major instruments behind Iran’s foreign efforts. Independence without Freedom will serve as a crucial resource for anyone interested in the factors and forces that drive Iranian behavior in world politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-12
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I. The Shah and Khomeini Revolutions
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. “Church” and State in Modernizing Society: The Case of Iran
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. Iran’s “White Revolution”: A Study in Political Development
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. Iran’s Revolution: Patterns, Problems, and Prospects
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. Who Lost America?: The Case of Iran
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. Part II. Revolutionary Foreign Policies
  2. pp. 69-82
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  1. Khomeini’s Islam in Iran’s Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 71-93
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  1. Iran: Burying the Hatchet
  2. pp. 94-110
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  1. Iran’s Foreign Policy: Contending Orientations
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. Iran’s Export of the Revolution: Its Politics, Ends, and Means
  2. pp. 128-147
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  1. The Shifting Premise of Iran’s Foreign Policy: Toward a Democratic Peace?
  2. pp. 148-159
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  1. Reflections on Iran’s Foreign Policy: Defining the “National Interest”
  2. pp. 160-183
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  1. Ideology and Pragmatism in Iran’s Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 184-195
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  1. Reflections on Iran’s Foreign Policy: Spiritual Pragmatism
  2. pp. 196-211
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  1. Part III. Security in the Persian Gulf
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Security in the Persian Gulf
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. The Strait of Hormuz: The Global Chokepoint
  2. pp. 229-239
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  1. Shiism in the Persian Gulf
  2. pp. 240-262
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  1. Sociopolitical Change in the Gulf: A Climate for Terrorism?
  2. pp. 263-284
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  1. Part IV. International Law and Diplomacy
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. Who Started the Iraq-Iran War?: A Commentary
  2. pp. 287-306
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  1. Iran’s Hostage Crisis: International Legitimacy Matters
  2. pp. 307-316
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  1. Part V. The Shah and Israel, Khatami and Bush
  2. pp. 317-330
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  1. Iran and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. pp. 319-334
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  1. Iran, Democracy, and the United States
  2. pp. 335-352
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 353-358
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  1. Appendix: The Role of Iran in the New Millennium—A View from the Outside
  2. pp. 359-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-383
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