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TEACHING DONKEY TO TALK: NUKES AND THEOLOGY IN TEHRAN-WASHINGTON DISCOURSE Print E-mail

Lasha Tchantouridze

Abstract
 
This paper addresses the question of religion in international politics, most specifically, in the on-going discourse between the United States and Iran. The two letters written by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush and American people are used as a background for analysis. The letters are significant as they represent a unique case in modern international relations of interstate business being done through public epistles. Despite the fact that the US and Iran are very much at odds with each other, the presidents of the two countries display remarkable similarities in their outlooks on pressing social issues. Dominant values of the modern international system; however, do not allow for much sympathy for such outbursts of rhetoric in public letters, as the system itself makes most states follow almost the same set of values. The question of Israel figures prominently in Ahmadinejad's letters, as this state is the usual target of Iranian propaganda, and it also would be the most likely target of Tehran's nuclear program.     
 
Keywords: Iran, Nuclear, Ahmadinejad, Israel, Bush

PhD.Lasha Tchantouridze is Research Associate & Adjunct Professor at Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba.
 
Cite this article:
Tchantouridze Lasha. Teaching Donkey to Talk: Nukes and Theology in Tehran-Washington Discourse . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.1, no.1:33-52, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2008-no1-art02

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2008-no1-art02

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