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The Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations: a study of foreign policy issues, 1979 - 1989

Philip, Philip George (2021) The Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations: a study of foreign policy issues, 1979 - 1989. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.86152) (KAR id:86152)


This dissertation examines the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations between 1979 and 1989, with reference to certain issues which were of significance to Iran and the international community during that period.

The dissertation is divided into two parts. Part I deals with Iran's diplomacy in the post-World War II and the pre-revolution period at the UN, and provides a historical backdrop to the evolution of Iran's foreign policy in the post-revolution period.

Part II examines the situation which followed the revolution of 1979, when the newly formed Islamic government utilised the United Nations to explain to the international community the significance of the changes which had taken place in Iran. Following from this, the study has chosen to examine three major issues, namely, Human Rights, the Iran-Iraq War and Disarmament, and the extent to which these issues influenced Iran's post-revolution foreign policy at the United Nations.

The dissertation has relied on information gathered from United Nations Documents, Iranian newspaper archives (Kayhan International), and personal interviews conducted in Geneva and Tehran.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.86152
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Uncontrolled keywords: Political science; Iran; Revolution
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 16:30 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2021 13:59 UTC
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