Middle Eastern Studies June / Volume:12 / No:1

The Implementation of Public Diplomacy in Iran’s Foreign Policy

Developments in the international arena and the rising power of nonstate actors have led to changes in diplomacy. Public diplomacy has become an indispensable element of foreign policy. In this sense, governments are now trying to achieve some political goals in the context of public diplomacy in order to communicate and influence other peoples. With the ability to influence international public opinion and the agenda, many countries today have recognized the importance of using public diplomacy to influence the people’s thoughts and have therefore organized a wide range of activities in this area. The Islamic Republic of Iran, like many other countries, has needed public diplomacy based on soft power sources. In this article, Iran’s public diplomacy policy will be evaluated and examined as to how effective it is in the implementation of Iran’s foreign policy.