Science Diplomacy of Iran in Eastern Europe: The Case of Medical Science of the University of Tehran

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Department of International Relations, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of International Relations, Deputy for International Affairs, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Abstract

Foreign policy is implemented in the international environment with special and various tools; one of those tools with
a prominent role in diplomacy. However, along with traditional diplomacy, with the emergence of new actors after the Cold War and the entry into the age of communication and technology, diplomacy took new forms. One type of diplomacy that has received more attention in recent years is science diplomacy. So far, scientific diplomacy in the world and especially in Iran has not been fully and sufficiently studied and the interest in this issue is more related to the development in recent years. Additionally, due to its less attractive scientific aspect in the world compared to many other countries, Iran should strengthen its international scientific cooperation networks. So, this article focuses on this issue and the main question is how the Islamic Republic of Iran performed in the application of science diplomacy in the field of medical sciences with Eastern Europe between 1991 and 2018. The hypothesis of this research is: The performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in various dimensions of science diplomacy including memorandums of understanding and agreements, collaboration desks, international meetings and visits, summer schools, international seminars and congresses, visiting professors, and joint articles towards the Eastern European region from 1991 to 2018 has been increasing. The present study is applied research with the experimental scientific method and hypothesis- deductive research strategy and the review of these activities based on the indicators of science diplomacy shows that during the years 1991 to 2018, these activities have increased significantly in most of the proposed indicators.

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Article Title [فارسی]

دیپلماسی علمی ایران در شرق اروپا: نمونه علوم پزشکی دانشگاه تهران

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