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Abstract: Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) has regained its significance since the 1990’s. This article argues that this could be explained partly on the basis of the ideational turn in International Relations and the emergence of constructivist approaches, both conventional and radical. On the one hand, these approaches are not substantive theories of international relations. Rather they are frameworks to be used at different levels of human life. On the other hand, their emphasis on the construction of reality and, hence, the importance of meaning culture, intersubjectivity and the like, separates them from materialist approaches traditionally dominant in the field and makes them closer to traditional FPA with its focus on cognition, meaning, intersubjectivity, cultural influences, etc. Examples of FPA based on constructivist assumptions show how they can enrich the field. The article concludes with a critical review of constructivist approaches to foreign policy in Iran.