The Influence of Leadership Character on the Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Amir Hussein Khodajou

Amir Hussein Khodajou, Education Department, Kolej Vokasional Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on February 20, 2018. | Revised Manuscript received on March 03, 2018. | Manuscript published on March 15, 2018. | PP: 8-11 | Volume-3 Issue-1, March 2018. | Retrieval Number: K01590521117
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Abstract: The foreign policy is the intermediate between the internal and international policies. On the other hand, this policy possesses a direction from towards outside which is applied by the minister of foreign affairs regarding various countries. Nevertheless, the question is that does the character of a political leader of a country influence on its foreign policy or not? To answer the question the analysis level is individual on which the effects of the Iranian leader character have been investigated on the foreign policy of Islamic Republic of Iran since the characters of the founder Islamic Republic of Iran and the then Iranian leader have been formed in the religious family and educational location. When Imam Khomeini started his criticisms against the royal Pahlavi government and ended with a great revolution, the main factor of his campaigns has been assisting Islam religion. For instance, after the victory of Islamic revolution, all foreign and i9nternal policies of the country were set according to the Islamic bases. The new Iranian leader performed those Islamic principles. He has determined all internal and foreign policies based on the Islamic bases. Whenever he has posed the issue of confronting enemies, he has asked for Muslims’ unity and has introduced the Islamic Iran as the supporter of the Islamic nation; that is, the Iranian foreign policy is nothing but the tendency towards nation under the Islam shadow. Is the Iranian leaders or Communists won the revolution, we couldn’t surely observe such policies. Consequently, it is obvious that the characters of the Iranian leaders are influential on the foreign policy; particularly, the fact that the members of the elite parliament who elect the Iranian leader possess characters which are similar to the Iranian leaders’ one. Thus, the issue of the character features focus on the permanent ones and assume that when we figure out that person’s characteristic, we are able to predict the leaders’ actions and reactions1 ; that is, the foreign policy of the Islamic republic of Iran must be considered as a character originated from Islam like its leaders that is stable.
Keywords: Islamism, Foreign Policy, Leadership Character.