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نویسندگان [English]چکیده [English]
Defensive Diplomacy is a part of government policy which plays role as an important tool in achieving the major objectives of the armed forces and its purpose can be considered to develop favorable national and international political conditions for maintaining and expanding national and vital values of the country against actual and potential enemies. One of the characteristics of defensive diplomacy in the current situation is considered as a means of identification and legitimizing the strategic defensive policy. With the advent of foresight science, policy-making researchers have tried to take advantage of the capabilities of this science in the development of strategic planning techniques. Therefore, gradully using them them widely, foresight methods and techniques have been integrtated with them. In any foresight project, identifing main propellants are one of the basic requirements for scenario palanning. Accordingly, the aim of this paper is to identify the key propellants for the Islamic Republic of Iran's defensive diplomacy for 15 years’ horizon, and it has been conducted through combining methods such as future studies, literature review, a panel of experts and cross-matrix analysis using software Mikmak. In order to implement this project, experts’ opinions have been employed on defensive and foreign policy operation, and in the end the key drivers and propellants have been suggested.