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Iran’s Support for Non-State Actor Violence – Interests, Goals, and Grievances: Iran’s Relationship with the West in the 20th Century Open Access Deposited

This paper examines Iran’s relationship with the West and how that relationship has led Iran to define its interests as fundamentally opposed to the United States’ interests in the Middle East. Following from this, it examines Iran’s relationships with nonstate terror groups, especially in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and examines how the actions of those groups serve Iran’s perceived interests. It concludes with policy recommendations for the United States to pursue post-P5+1 nuclear deal to persuade Iran that its interests lie in further global engagement, not terror.

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