A Feminist Foreign Policy to Deal with Iran? Assessing the EU’s Options

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Publication Date November 2020
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Disputed nuclear activities, regional proxy wars, and a regime built on discrimination against women and other marginalized groups: Iran hardly seems like a policy field that would be amenable to a feminist approach. Yet this is precisely what the European Union (EU) needs today: fresh thinking to help develop a new strategy toward Iran. Feminist foreign policy critically reflects international power structures, focuses on the needs of all groups of people, and puts human security and human rights at the center of the discussion.

Applying a feminist lens to the EU policy toward Iran and the Persian Gulf region can improve foreign policy thinking and practice. This approach builds on three central principles of feminist perspectives on diplomacy and security:

  • Broadening the understanding of security;
  • Decoding (international) power relations;
  • Recognizing women’s political agency.
Source Link https://carnegieeurope.eu/2020/11/23/feminist-foreign-policy-to-deal-with-iran-assessing-eu-s-options-pub-83251
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  • https://carnegieendowment.org/files/AdebahrMittelhammer_FemFoPo__INTERIOR_v2.pdf
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