#Iran

How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Affect Your Middle Eastern Focus Area in the Coming Months?

2020 Apr 07

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

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Iran cannot fight covid-19 with conspiracy theories

2020 Apr 01

As covid-19 began spreading across Iran in February, the regime held a rigged election. Weeks later, when nearly 10% of Iranian mps were infected and it was clear the country had a problem, the ruling clerics refused to close crowded holy spots.

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The relationship between Iraq and the US is in danger of collapse. That can’t happen.

2020 Mar 23

It would a tragic shame if it ended. For Iraqis, the American presence is hugely beneficial as a counterweight to Iran and ISIS. Americans are also helpful with Iraqi internal politics—especially in regard to sectarian divisions in the security forces

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Iraq has a new prime minister. What next?

2020 Mar 23

Iraq has a new prime minister-designate, almost three weeks after the previous nominee — Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi — failed to secure parliamentary approval for his cabinet.

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New American Military Tactics

2020 Mar 19

Journalists point of view

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Coronavirus is the ultimate test for Iran's social and political system

2020 Mar 18

Simmering restlessness could transform into unrest driven by the poor, who are prepared to fight for their survival

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Iranian Doctors Fear the Worst

2020 Mar 11

Irans political and economic isolation has not stopped COVID-19—but sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe.

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The Shia vs. the ‘Shia Crescent’

2020 Mar 10

Whether by force or politics, Iran desperately needs to reconsolidate power among Shia constituencies throughout the region, but this challenge may prove insurmountable given current public sentiment in Iraq and Lebanon.

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What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

2020 Mar 08

The decision to kill General Qasem Soleimani has received widespread attention. However, another important Iranian military leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was also killed in the attack. Ranj Alaaldin explains why

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Coronavirus infects 23 Iranian Lawmakers Ayatollah orders military help fight spread

2020 Mar 04

Iranian lawmakers were told Tuesday to avoid contact with the public after more members of parliament were confirmed to have contracted coronavirus.

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A Perilous Turning Point in the U.S.-Iran Confrontation

2020 Jan 25

With the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the U.S.-Iran standoff has shifted from attrition toward open conflict. Tehran will retaliate – the only question is how – prompting another response from Washington. Allies of both should interc

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Iran tasked Nasrallah with uniting Iraqi proxies after Soleimanis death

2020 Jan 25

Hezbollah leader sponsors truce talks, with Iraqi paramilitaries endorsing Hadi al-Amiri as PMF leader and Tehran courting Moqtada al-Sadr in bid to form united resistance

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