This thesis aims to study Iran's foreign policy behaviour in the period between 1979 and 1988; with a primary emphasis on Imam Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the same period. The thesis will seek to identify Khomeini's Operational Code (a sub-domain of the belief system and an often neglected variable in foreign policy analysis) and link it to the actual foreign policy behaviour. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis techniques will be utilized to help identity and analyze Khomeini's Operational Code. Two case studies will be used to shed more light on the relationship between Khomeini's Operational Code and Iran's foreign policy. The first case-study is Khomeini's endorsement of the American Embassy seizure by Iranian students in November 1979. The second case-study is Khomeini's acceptance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 598, in July 1988, that ended the Iran-Iraq war.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Date of Award

Fall 11-1-2005

Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Bahgat Korany

Committee Member 1

Michael Lattanzi

Committee Member 2

Sherine ElGhatit

Document Type



147 leaves


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Call Number

Thesis 2005/65