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  MESF Book Launch

Iran and the West | A Non-Western Approach to Foreign Policy

April 5, 2024

The official launch of Dr. Andrew Thomas’ book “Iran and the West: A Non-Western Approach to Foreign Policy.”

This book explores non-Western approaches to foreign policy in the context of Iran in order to encourage wider consideration of non-Western scholarship in international relations. The aim of this book is to highlight the contemporary relevance of native Iranian and non-Western perspectives to IR analysis, returning complexity and critique to Iranian studies. To do this, Andrew examines four of Iran’s politicalencounters with the West, including its resistance to sanctions policy and negotiations surrounding its nuclear program. Ultimately, the book argues that ignoring Iranian motivations of identity has routinely resulted in missed opportunities, growing tensions and failed coercive policy.


Dr. Andrew Thomas
Dr. Andrew Thomas is a lecturer in Middle East studies and International Relations at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He specialises in critical non-Western international relations theory and counter-hegemonic perspectives. He is also interested in sanctions policy in the Middle East, particularly in Iran and Syria. 


Date: Friday, April 5 2024, 12:00 – 14:00
Location: Burwood Corporate Centre (BCC)
221 Burwood Highway Burwood, VIC 3125

Catering will be provided.

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If you are unable to join us in person, there is also an option to join via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 858 4306 2174
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