The Middle East in World Affairs Understanding Iran's Changing Transnational and International Role
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45 R46
In 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran emerged on the international stage and began to establish itself as a participant in global terrorism. Throughout the period 1979-96, officials linked numerous terrorist actions and operations to Iran; this link could have involve Iran's direct sponsorship or indirect involvement, such as by providing monetary support to operatives. In order to develop strategies to prevent or minimize the threat of terrorist attack, Iran's role in global terrorism must be assessed.
The purpose of this work is threefold: to demonstrate the role taken by Iran in global terrorism from 1979 to 1996, to explain why the Iranian state engaged in terrorism, and to illustrate Iran's participation in international and transnational terrorism respectively. Meeting these objectives relies upon available information and literature on Iran and Islamic fundamentalist movements and organizations with terroristic branches. The study finds that Iran's participation in global terrorism, as a sponsoring or supporting state, is related to its domestic environment and to perceived threats to Iran's regime, either domestic and international.
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"The Middle East in World Affairs Understanding Iran's Changing Transnational and International Role"
(1999). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/bwq2-jb78