Iran’s regional strategy has been a matter of controversy over the past decades. The country has sought to establish itself as a key cultural, political and economic player that links the Middle East and Asia. Iran’s strategy in the region underwent changes due to the regional trends that have often been triggered by external powers’ military intervention, as well as the administrative changes in Tehran. The latest Iranian presidential election has opened a new door for the country’s foreign policy strategies.
Sara Bazoobandi is Lecturer in International Political Economy at Regent’s University London and Associate Fellow at Middle East North Africa Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House