Iran in the International System: A Book Talk
Iran in the International System (Routledge, 2019), edited by Heinz Gärtner and Mitra Shahmoradi, addresses continuity and/or change in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution. While Iran has often been at the center of political debate in both the Gulf region and transatlantic relations, since the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA Iran “Nuclear Deal” signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the relationship between Iran and the world entered a new phase. This book calls for a new approach to be undertaken by the Iranian leadership towards the U.S., Europe and Asia if Iran is to find a role for itself within regional and international structures. Exploring power relations, negotiations, the role of international institutions and international law, the contributors consider the relations among central powers that influence Iran’s internal and external affairs and examine Iran’s domestic motives and role in the local and regional context. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Politics, International Relations, Iranian Politics and Iranian Foreign Policy, and provide insights for policymakers, journalists and the military.
Heinz Gärtner is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at Danube University, chairs the Advisory Board for Strategy and Security of the Austrian Armed Forces, is a political analyst of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, and serves as an expert for EU and Euratom programmes of the European Commission. He was Academic Director of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs until 2016, held a Fulbright Fellowship as well as the Visiting Austrian Chair at Stanford University (CISAC), and won the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He is editor of the series Internationale Sicherheit (International Security, Peter-Lang Publisher) and received the 1998 Bruno Kreisky “Award for Political Books.”
Mitra Shahmoradi is a freelance artist, painter, poet and art educator in Vienna. She has a diploma for painting from the Decorative Art Academy in Tehran (1978) and she attended the Master Studies of Restoration program at Farabi Universities in Isfahan (1978). She also studied at the University of Applied Arts, Master Class for Painting and Graphics in Vienna and graduated with the title “Magistra Artis” (1985). In 2013 she was awarded the professional title “Professor” by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture of Austria. She regularly exhibits her artwork in Western and Asian countries, teaches art courses at various institutions, and lectures on the history of art and intercultural and interreligious understanding of and through art. She has published several poetry and art books which have been translated into several languages and appears in a number of art catalogues.
Dr. Shireen Hunter is an independent scholar with more than fifty years of experience in international affairs as a diplomat (Iran’s Foreign Service 1965-1979), a think tank analyst and program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.1983-2005) and the Center for European Policy Studies (Brussels, 1994-1997). From 2005 to 2007 she was a senior visiting fellow at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, from 2007 to 2014 a visiting professor, and from 2014 to July 2019 a research professor. In September of 2019, Dr. Shireen Hunter was appointed as ACMCU’s first Honorary Fellow. She is the author of 16 books and monographs and editor/contributor of 12 books and monographs. Her latest books includeGod On Our Side: Religion and International Affairs (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Iran Divided: The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates On identity, Culture and Governance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015), Iran’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order (Praeger, 2010), and Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity (Routledge, 2008). She has written more than 100 book chapters and journal articles and over 500 opinion pieces. She has lectured widely and participated in conferences in the United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Central Asia and appeared frequently in U.S. and other media