Iranian Interference in the Region: Fact or Fiction

Iranian Interference in the Region: Fact or Fiction

  • 4 November 2015

On the one hand, close geographical proximity has on occasion led to the cultivation of a harmonious environment between countries that share the same geographical space; as evidenced by the formation of political and economic blocs, and the emergence of a regional order based on the establishment of binding regional security arrangements. The potential impact of such arrangements at the international level and the overlaps between the international and regional context are of course duly considered. On the other hand, close geographical proximity can also serve as a breeding ground for a tense regional environment, due to a number of reasons, including: the desire of certain countries to exert greater influence over regional developments, which in turn, may not be agreeable to other neighboring countries. As a result, the grounds for consensus narrow in the face of heightened stress factors. Such a description can be applied to the context of the Arabian Gulf and the presence of Iran. The later of the two scenarios described above can also be extended to include the entire Middle East in general. Various regional experts have interpreted the policies of the Iranian regime as having fuelled regional instability, pointing towards the ongoing Iranian interference in the affairs of Gulf countries—a claim which the Iranian regime categorically denies. Iran believes that its actions should not be interpreted as interference, but rather falls within the rights of any given country that seeks to play role in the region. This lecture shall examine whether in fact claims of Iranian interference in the region are justifiable, or whether such claims are in fact an illusion that certain parties are keen to promote.

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Wednesday 4 November 2015

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Wednesday 4 November 2015

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