International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Structural Factors Impeding Good Relations between Iran and the United States
Adam Tarock (Ph.D)

Iran and the U.S. have been in apolitically and economically costly fight for decades. During this period all mediations to resolve their differences have failed. This is because instead of resolving all their differences in an all-encompassing agreement, they have instead opted to resolve their problems separately. These problems stem from the fact that since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has mostly been acting as the sole arbiter and judge of international affairs. Also, since then the U.S. has shown less tolerance towards lesser states such as Iran. The two countries hold sharply different perspectives, among others, as how to maintain and manage the security of the Persian Gulf region, the humiliation that each has suffered at the hand of the other; the clash of cultures, as each country claims the status of being ‘exceptional ‘has led to the long-held estrangement between them.

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