Vol. 1 No. 1 (2020): Global Connections
Articles - Capstones

An Ideology of Convenience: Iran’s Defense of Muslims to Drive Foreign Policy

Published May 14, 2020


Understanding the formation and foundation of a state’s foreign policy provides detail into their decision-making process. The Islamic Republic of Iran has developed a foreign policy on an ideology of convenience. This ideology of convenience was created by revolutionary leader Ruhollah Khomeini when he sought an opportunity to spread his ideology. When he took control of the Republic, its actions mirrored his desire to export his ideology and the Islamic Revolution. The paper will compare Iran’s global positioning to Noam Chomsky’s disapproval of the United States actions, examine the power structure and constitution of Iran, and provide regional examples of Iran acting out of its ideology of convenience. The research and paper will challenge the perspectives on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s actions while illustrating the foundation of its foreign policy.