The Current State of Iran from a Neoclassical Realism Perspective: - The motives behind the actions taken by Iran

Malou Manja Hejn Christensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis will study the current events in the Middle East, with its primary focus on Iran and their foreign policy strategy. The intent is to study the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facility in September 2019, the seizing of foreign ships in the Gulf, and assisting the Shia sectic groups throughout the region with weapons, along with shooting down an American drone in order to analyse Iran’s motivations behind these aggressive actions. The thesis’ point of departure is that Iran is behind these attacks, even though Iran suggest otherwise.
In addition to this, the thesis will analyse the above-described incidents in combination with the Neoclassical Realism theory, in order to examine if the theory can explain these actions based on its theoretical framework. The idea is to see if the theory is employable in the current case of Iran. With aspects such as ideological based foreign policy and a dual system with both elected parliament and president, but also a clergy based regime and a religious Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The underlining point of the thesis is thus to create an theoretical based understanding of the current attacks committed by Iran.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2020
Antal sider61
VejledereMichael Friederich Kluth


  • Iran
  • neoclassical realism
  • lobell
  • ripsman
  • taliaferro
  • foreign policy
  • supreme leader
  • president
  • threat assessment