Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
Iran, strategic culture, Islam, identity, values, norms, threat perceptions
Defense and Security Studies
This thesis addresses the Iranian nuclear program and the current diplomatic failures to halt its advancement. The thesis assesses Iranian intentions and the prospects for diplomatic resolution to this nuclear weapon crisis based on a better understanding of Iranian intentions. This will be achieved through the use of strategic culture, which takes into account the historical and religious sources of Iranian identity, norms, values, and perceptions. It is only through this lens that Iranian intentions can be better understood, and thus the feasibility of a diplomatic solution can be better determined. This thesis finds that strategic culture can help shape a diplomatic response, but may not stop the Iranian desire for a nuclear capability.
© Lindsey Jordan Strain
Strain, Lindsey Jordan, "Assessing Intentions: the Importance of Iran's Strategic Culture" (2013). MSU Graduate Theses. 1370.