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نویسنده [English]چکیده [English]
Analyzing the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (I.R.I) has been influenced by different and some paradoxical theories. Scholars have attempted to study different eras of Iran’s foreign policy using various theoretical approaches such as realism, idealism, constructivism, and discourse analysis. Therefore, it seems essential to achieve an appropriate analytical framework in order to identify the effective elements in formulating the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy. In our view, analytical framework of structure- agency (structuration) is an appropriate means to study behaviors and processes in Iran’s foreign policy. The present article addresses the structuration theory in sociology and how it has entered the vocabulary of international relations studies, and discusses about its applicability to the foreign policy analysis. Finally, it deals with elements of structure and agency affecting the formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy.