The dynamics of seven days of “War of words” and its implications on USA-Iran relations

  • Makhura B. Rapanyane
  • Kgothatso B. Shai
Keywords: Regional Security Complex Theory, United States of America, Iran, Qassem Soleimani, Donald Trump, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Abstract

The central aim of this article is to unpack the political reality that was observed by the international community in respect of the United States of America (USA) and Iran’s recent ideological conflict. The latter has adequately attracted the international media attention during the first week of the year 2020. Thus, the USA airstrike killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani who was the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and leader of the Quds Force led the principal causal of this international tension between the two countries. In light of this, the authors show how this unfortunate incident came about and why it is relevant to be given scholarly attention. Equally important to consider is the use of the critical regional security complex perspective in the unpacking of an international incident that almost brought the world to its knees.

Keywords: Regional Security Complex Theory, United States of America, Iran, Qassem Soleimani, Donald Trump, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Published
2020-07-30
Section
Articles

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