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2005 : the year of crisis in Iran.

Ehteshami, A. (2006) '2005 : the year of crisis in Iran.', in Gulf yearbook 2005-2006. Dubai: Gulf Research Center, pp. 349-355.


2005 was always going to be a testing year for Iran and the region as a whole, but the extent of the upheaval only emerged as the year wore on. While most observers eagerly awaited Iran’s presidential poll of June 2005 for new policy directions from Tehran, by early 2005, other developments beyond Iran were already making their mark on Iran-GCC relations. Chief amongst these were Iraq’s first free elections of the year, which took place in January 2005. This, in effect, consolidated the political presence of Iraqi Shias and Kurds at the center of power in the country. But of further concern in Iran-GCC relations were also another row over the name of the waterway between them, concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, and fears of Iranian domination of post-Saddam Iraq.

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