Resistance orientation in Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Document Type : Science - Research


1 Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences, Tehran University, Tehran, IRAN.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Political Sciences, Tehran University, Tehran, IRAN.

3 MSc. Political Sciences, Tehran University, Tehran, IRAN.


Governments are always trying to choose the orientation that best serves their national and security interests in their foreign policy. Thus, the relationship between foreign policy orientation and national security is one of the most complex issues requiring extensive research. The Islamic Republic considers the establishment and maintenance of sustainable and genuine regional and international peace and security subject to the adoption and application of the orientation and discourse of resistance in its foreign policy and within the paradigm of dealing with domination. The orientation of resistance within the dominance and power-based paradigm of the Islamic Revolution has been theorized in the context of pure Islam Mohammad's (PBUH) text with the aim of de-Westernizing the relations of power and international politics. In this regard, the purpose of the present study is to address the question of what goals is pursued by the Islamic Republic of Iran in its foreign policy orientation? The research hypothesis is based on the answer that the most important aim of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to adopt a foreign policy orientation, to secure ontological security and to maintain and maintain a revolutionary-Islamic identity, independence, domination, pacifism and justice. Accordingly, Iran's foreign policy, rather than being goal-oriented, is mission-oriented and follows the logic of proportionality and appropriation rather than the logic of results.