Iran: Torn by Domestic Disputes
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The Islamic Republic in Iran no longer has the broad popular support it commanded in the 1980s. The middle aged especially veterans of the Iraq war and the young are alienated from at least some aspects of the system. Iranian politicians are deeply divided about domestic policy issues, such as cultural liberalization and economic reform. Disputes about these issues, rather than foreign policy concerns, are likely to occupy center stage. While an Iranian opening to the West could be broadly popular, it would infuriate the vocal and influential minority for which anti-Americanism is a central principle of Khomeinis legacy. Iran is likely to continue its dual-track foreign policy proclaiming its desire for normal relations with its neighbors while engaging in destabilizing behavior.
- Government and Political Science