R44017 – Iran’s Foreign Policy – 2016-08-24


Iran’s Foreign Policy


Author: Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs
Pages: 43

This report provides an overview of Iran’s foreign policy, which has been a subject of numerous congressional hearings and of sanctions and other legislation for many years. The report analyzes Iranian foreign policy as a whole and by region. The regional analysis discusses those countries where Iranian policy is of U.S. concern. The report contains some specific information on Iran’s relations with these countries, but refers to other CRS reports for more detail, particularly on the views of individual countries towards Iran. The report also makes reference to Iran’s efforts to utilize its ties to various countries to try to mitigate the effects of U.S. sanctions, but that issue is analyzed in greater depth in CRS Report RS20871, Iran Sanctions, by Kenneth Katzman. This report does not separately examine Iran’s policy toward the United States, but analyzes throughout the report Iran’s actions in relations to U.S. interests. U.S.-Iran relations, including the potential for renewed diplomatic relations, are specifically addressed in CRS Report RL32048, Iran, Gulf Security, and U.S. Policy, by Kenneth Katzman, which also discusses the issues surrounding the JCPOA between Iran and the “P5+1” countries (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany). Bills: H.R. 3783