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Alireza Nader is a noted Iranian affairs analyst and was a former executive director of the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC. His views are his own. CNN US is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Despite Iran’s great achievements at the international level in the fields of science, pharmaceuticals, architecture, forestry, engineering and technology, the country currently appears to be lacking in the crucial field of security.
After all, it is the Islamic republic’s most sacred objective for safeguarding its Islamic identity and preserving its sacred values.
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If Iran fails to improve its security in these critical areas in the coming years, its two major competitors and biggest rivals in the region ― the United States and Saudi Arabia ― will attempt to accelerate their rivalry at all fronts and in all levels, particularly in the geopolitical arena, militarily and through military-economic cooperation.
Not all the major powers in the Middle East do not consider the Islamic republic as their biggest enemy.
Leading the Western countries is the UK, France and the United States ― all of which claim that the Islamic republic is their main enemy.
Intermediaries in this contest include Germany, Switzerland, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, India, Turkey, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Greece, and, of course, Gulf Arab countries.
Although these countries may not recognize the Islamic republic as an enemy, their policies towards Iran clearly reflect their opinion.
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British officials claim that the Islamic republic is a “main concern” for British policymakers, and Iranian-British trade relations are characterized by a clear form of antagonism, especially in the field of energy and defense.
The US ― a traditional rival of Iran ― has still not removed its sanctions from Iran.
The US economy has been experiencing a severe downturn and this downturn has impacted the budgets of major US government departments. The top administration officials are unable to overcome their deep divisions over how to handle Iran.
Given these circumstances, it is only a matter of time before Washington imposes sanctions on Iran.
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Unfortunately, Iran’s efforts in countermeasures against the threatened sanctions have failed.
Rather than using international organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Non-Proliferation Treaty to defend Iran, the Islamic republic has opted for using internal channels like the Green Movement and the Mojahedin-e Khalq.
The aim of the Green Movement was to protect the revolution from those who were claiming that the Islamic revolution was on the verge of failure.
It is a strategy which has little to do with defending Iran, but instead acts as a futile bargaining chip with the West.
Iran can’t solve problems with sanctions.
Moreover, the Islamic republic hasn’t learned anything from its failure in previous futile attempts. At the end of the day, the message of the Green Movement still is the same: trust no one.
The presence of Iran in the region has created continuous and increasing threats and threats against Iran. But, despite these threats, the Islamic republic continues to arrogantly ignore them.
It has taken the course of minimizing threats and blatant threats, while ignoring the minor threats, the stubbornness, the increase in violence and terrorism against it.
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The open disobedience of the threats has led the Islamic republic to suffer enormously both in its domestic and foreign relations.
Ultimately, Iranian officials only perceive negative implications from being in the region, given the fact that they believe that the costs of direct confrontation with the region outweigh the benefits of being in it.
Iran’s bluff has also completely backfired on it and the conclusion is clear.
Although Iran’s highly deceitful character and suspicious approach to the world and its enemies were well known, it is not known that Iran has so seriously misread the “bounds of engagement and accommodation” that it sees alongside its rivalry with the US and Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic republic has forgotten the lessons of the 1980s.
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According to Iran’s foreign ministry, the famous countries or states are not like those of the past.
All of these countries are just “possibilities,” instead of entities which it believes can act as its partner in obtaining regional hegemony.