An Alternate Approach: A Communication Centered Proposal for the United States' Iranian Foreign Policy

Thompson, Lauren
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This thesis proposes a policy of communication with Iran by digital media networks, the United States encourages Iranians to pursue political ideologies contrary to the theocratic authoritarianism. The emergence of the Islamic Republic and consolidation of power under the Ayatollah enabled an ideology that preserved the Supreme Leader's power to decimate throughout Iran. The Islamic revolutionaries forged a new Iranian society that consolidated religious and political authority unto the Ayatollah, enabling the theocratic authoritarian state to endure. However, opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran persisted since the revolution and encountered moments of widespread support within the state, as evidenced by the 1990s reform movement and the 2009 Green Movement. In light of the internal opposition to the Ayatollah's rule, an avenue presents how the United States may decimate counter-regime information in Iran. Introducing outside media to the Iranian people through established digital communication networks enables individuals to form political ideologies contrary to Iran's religious authoritarian rule. Thus, building upon existing oppositional movements in Iran, the United States may encourage individuals in Iran to forge personal beliefs of government that support freedom, antithetical to the oppressive religious-political rule of the Ayatollah.

Political Science