Iran and the “West” – Ruptures and Continuities past 1979
The project seeks to investigate Iran’s changing relationship with the “West” between the late 1970s and late 1990s. Informed by constructivist theories, it will look at the processes of dissociation and renegotiation during the overlap of logics informed by the Cold War and the globalization. Firstly, the project will investigate Iran’s bilateral relations with the Federal Republic of Germany with comparative views to France, Britain, the United States, and the German Democratic Republic. The project will show how the “West” was far from acting as a monolithic bloc and that relations developed along conflicting and blurred trajectories. Secondly, it will look at Iran’s changing role in international institutions like CENTO – which Iran left in March 1979 to join the Non-Aligned-Movement – the World Bank, and the U.N. Hereby, the project seek to shed new light on the processes of institutional dissociation. Thirdly, the question of what drove Iran’s decision-making will be central to this research.
Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 9d
E-Mail: walter [at] zzf-potsdam.de