African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 398


The ASEAN factor in Iranian foreign policy

Abolfazl Isa Abadi Bezchelouei
Department of Political Sciences  Peyam Noor University, P.O. Box 19395-3697, Tehran, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 May 2013
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


In the current systems, international organizations are operating stability and making an opportunity for integration and cooperation between governments. In this regard, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is very important as one of the major regional organizations in terms of political, economic and security trends and can provide economic and welfare goals in the region through providing basic goals. The aim of the present study is to determine the position of ASEAN in Iran’s foreign policy with emphasis on economy and proposals for expansion of relations in this section. The research is descriptive-analytical, and in methodology, non-strategic and economic policy has been underlined as required for trends in Iran’s foreign policy approach to economic relations with this organization. The results showed that given the approach of “Look East Policy” in Iran’s foreign policy, the process of interaction should be taken for détente and providing economic benefits. Despite the relationship between ASEAN and other main non-member countries and given the Muslim-Majority and cultural affinities with Iran, the role of the organization in Iran’s foreign policy is inevitable for the economic and welfare needs and political influence in the region as well as making extensive relations especially in economic.


Key words: Southeast Asia, integration, Look East Policy, foreign policy, Iran.