“Book of the Month” September 2021

“Hegemony and border tensions”

Ellias Aghili Dehnavi , MohammadAli Rahiminejad

Hegemony and border tensions – The mystery of the Persian Gulf

Ellias Aghili Dehnavi and MohammadAli Rahiminejad provide valuable insight into current politics in their newest book, “Hegemony and border tensions”.

Hegemony is the dominance of one group over another and is often supported by legitimating norms and ideas, thereby making alternate ideas less attractive or even dangerous. The authors of this new book believe that there is an interrelationship between hegemony and border tensions in the way that the establishment of hegemony for the regional and universal powers rests on overcoming environmental obstacles and border tensions. On the other hand, once a country’s hegemony is established, border tensions will most likely be minimized in its region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a potential power with the highest probability of achieving hegemony in the region, as it owns the material requirements in western Asia. The border tensions between neighboring countries as well as the rivalry have increased the incessant tensions. In contrast to the previous decades, Iran has been able to successfully drive all the border tensions out of its border, which can result in the establishment of Iran’s hegemony, along with cultural influence and material possessions. However, there are some hurdles to this achievement, one of which is the alliance of Arab countries.

The insightful book “Hegemony and border tensions” by Ellias Aghili Dehnavi and MohammadAli Rahiminejad examines the aspects of disagreement and tension among Arab countries along the Persian Gulf. The book asks the question “What is the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran among other powers and compared to other countries in the Persian Gulf; and can this country be considered as the hegemon of the Persian Gulf region in terms of aggressive realism?” With less than 100 pages, the book is a good start for people with an interest in this topic. The authors get their points across in a way that’s easy to follow, encouraging readers to think for themselves and create their own opinion based on the information the authors provide.


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