Iranian Hegemony: Tensions Between Contradicting Goals

Ahmadinejad's visit to Dubai is an example of Iran's attempts to calm regional relations, which have been undermined by Iran's strive for Regional Hegemony.
Iran's president, Ahmadinejad, met with United Arab Emirates' President and Vice-President in Dubai, seeking to improve Iran's relationship with the Emirates. He said "Iran has never been willing to compete with the UAE brethren and wants to share experience with its regional brethren."

Ahmadinejad's visit to Dubai may be viewed in the context of Iran's attempt to calm relations with regional states, which have been undermined by Iranian efforts to achieve regional hegemony.

The Reut institute has identified a series of tensions in Iran's regional aspirations:

  • Tension between Iran's support for the resistance network while undermining local governments;

  • Tension between Iran's nuclear development under Islamic interest while undermining regional security and enhancing regional nuclear proliferation;

  • Tension between Iran's aspiration to lead the Muslim world vs. the emerging rift between Shia and Sunnis.

Sources:

IRNA, 5/13/07, full article.

Slackman, Fattah, NY Times, 5/14/07, full article.