Internal Factors and its Impact on Iranian Foreign Policy

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Radosław FIEDLER


The Islamic Republic of Iran has a political structure with co-shared and competitive activity in the field of foreign policy. There are two power centres the president and the supreme leader. Iranian political elite is composed of factions of the conservatives, moderates, pragmatists, and reformers. Each faction has influence on the course of Iranian foreign policy. The dominant faction, conservatives, has caused isolation and imposition of severe sanctions on Iran during Ahmadinejad’s presidency Although domestic sources of foreign policy reveals competition among different factions there is consensus in principal goals of Iranian foreign policy. 


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FIEDLER, R. (2018). Internal Factors and its Impact on Iranian Foreign Policy. Przegląd Strategiczny, (11), 211-220.
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Radosław FIEDLER, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

is an Associate Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, head of the Department for Non European Political Studies at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism ( The author of numerous papers and monographs on the issues of the Middle East, Central Asia and European Union activity in that regions. His research interests are focused on Middle East and Central Asia. He has also been granted a research subsidy within: National Science Center, the EU Partnership and International Cooperation in Jordan, Eminence II in Georgia. Visiting professor in Columbia University and Georgetown University, Teheran University, Cairo University, Jordan University, International Black Sea University and Grigol Robakidze University in Georgia, Al Farabi Kazakh National University and Tianjin University of Technology in China. The Head of the annual international conference: Beyond Europe Politics and Change in Global and Regional Affairs (


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