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Iran's Domestic and Foreign Policies

Iran's Domestic and Foreign Policies

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Iran has a reputation of being a problematic country. Right now, it is proceeding with its nuclear program despite the opposition of the West and neighboring countries and the massive sanctions inflicted upon it. The country is also struggling with domestic issues. Half of Iran’s population belongs to different ethnic or religious minorities. They have poor rights to express their culture in the country, which is a cause of dissatisfaction among non-Shiite and non-Persian citizens. After the Arab Spring, the situation in Iran is getting more topical than ever. In the Syrian conflict, the Shiite Iran is constantly giving support to al-Assad’s regime. These are all factors that have aggravated the already irritated relations between Iran and the West.
Iran has a reputation of being a problematic country. Right now, it is proceeding with its nuclear program despite the opposition of the West and neighboring countries and the massive sanctions inflicted upon it. The country is also struggling with domestic issues. Half of Iran’s population belongs to different ethnic or religious minorities. They have poor rights to express their culture in the country, which is a cause of dissatisfaction among non-Shiite and non-Persian citizens. After the Arab Spring, the situation in Iran is getting more topical than ever. In the Syrian conflict, the Shiite Iran is constantly giving support to al-Assad’s regime. These are all factors that have aggravated the already irritated relations between Iran and the West.

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Since 1952, Turkey has been a NATO
member and an ally of the US. In a recent
statement, the country’s authorities claimed
that100

Ever since our NATO membership […], the
North Atlantic Alliance has played a central
role in Turkey’s security and contributed to its
integration with the Euro-Atlantic commu-
nity. Turkey, in return, has successfully as-
sumed its responsibilities in defending the
common values of the Alliance.

Turkey holds its NATO membership and
companionship with the West very high, as
this statement demonstrates.
In Iran’s point of view, Turkey’s
NATO membership and close connections
with Israel are irritating. Iran also wants and

99 Fars-News, “Iran Warns Turkey to Stay Away
from War on Syria”, 27 August 2013, [Iran Warns
Turkey to Stay Away from War on Syria].
100 Republic of Turkey, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,
“Turkey’s Relations with NATO”, 9 August 2013,
[http://www.mfa.gov.tr/nato.en.mfa].

needs allies; otherwise Turkey would win
the power battle. Thus, Iran has tightened
its relations to China and Russia.
Turkey is worried about Iran’s nuclear
program and especially about the fact that
Iran might build a nuclear weapon. If this
happened, Turkey would interpret it as an
immense threat.

During the Syrian conflict, NATO
moved a missile defense system to Turkey
for protection in case Syria or some other
country would attack Turkey.101 Iran per-
ceives the missile defense system as a threat
and has expressed its concerns over it to the
Turkish authorities.102

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