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The Energy Policy Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran Towards The European Union And China

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This chapter describes the theoretical framework of foreign policy practices and applies it to the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). It then discusses state institutions and the political factions in Iran, as well as the formal foreign policy decision-making process. The chapter further gives an overview of continuity and change of foreign policy of Iran since the Islamic revolution until the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It analyses foreign energy relations between Iran, the EU, and China. The chapter explains that the notion of geopolitics should be integrated into the concept of foreign policy practices. The oil industry has been Iran's main source of income for the last century. Iran needs the EU to develop its energy industry and the EU and China to export its oil and gas.

Keywords: China's energy supply; European oil firms; Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)



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