What are the Ahmadinejad government's foreign policy aims and strategies and how will post-election developments impact Iran-U.S. relations? During his first term, Ahmadinejad employed an active foreign policy in attempting to deal with new security challenges, and in his second term, we can foresee that he will continue to pursue such an active foreign policy line. There is, however, a key difference. Given the cost that Iran has incurred as a result of pursuing its nuclear program in the face of U.S. and European opposition, Iran's president will be under pressure to obtain tangible results which shore up Iran's regional role and geo-strategic interests.

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