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As the year ends, storm clouds gather over Iran

  • The year 2021 has not been filled with favorable results for Iran. However, with the swearing-in of a new, Democratic, US administration in January and this summer’s installation of a hard-line Iranian president in Ebrahim Raisi — an objective long sought after by the Tehran leadership — senior...
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Regional alliance could fill void left by US withdrawal

  • The US withdrawal from the Middle East has fulfilled a key objective of radical and terrorist forces and their backers. Al-Qaeda, Daesh and other terrorist groups have long been calling for the removal from the Arabian Peninsula of what they designate as “infidels.” Iran and its militias across...
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Iran attempting to blackmail Iraq into submission

  • Whenever Iran’s expansionist project in Iraq encounters obstacles, Tehran immediately starts to open old wounds, such as demanding compensation for the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War and using this as a stick to beat Baghdad with. This Iranian policy has one objective: Blackmailing Iraq into submission ...
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Iran’s expansionist misadventures prompt domestic crises

  • While many still see the traditional benchmarks, such as military and security, as being the primary indicators of a nation’s stature and power, this is no longer the case. Today, other indicators, such as sustainable development, good governance, clean energy, fighting climate change, human de...
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Iran’s sinking investment in the Taliban

  • Diplomatic niceties aside, Iran has been criticizing the Taliban in the public domain over the past few days. Only a few might have seen this coming because, even before the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital last month, Iran’s leadership and its state-controlled media had been in celebrat...
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Iran and the future of endless disputes in the region under Raisi

  • The repeated Iranian attacks against US targets, consecutive Iranian strikes against oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea, and the dangerous messages conveyed in speeches by the incoming President Ebrahim Raisi point to an intensive military escalation by the Islamic Revolutionary Gu...
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Europe’s attempt to court Iran not a safe bet

  • Ebrahim Raisi’s victory in last month’s Iranian presidential election raises concerns about the likelihood of a more hawkish policy toward Europe, rather than the openness the continent had come to expect under outgoing President Hassan Rouhani. These concerns were heightened by Raisi’s first p...
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IRGC’s intelligence agency in Iranian power grab

  • Tyrannical regimes always collapse years — and perhaps even decades — before their downfall is officially announced. In a state like Iran, fears about, and hedges against, downfall represented a focal point in the thoughts of its founding father Ayatollah Khomeini and his loyalists such as Mort...
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Pan-Gulf identity as an alternative to Iran’s Vilayat-e Faqih

  • The people of the Gulf urgently need a new political discourse. The previous pan-Arabism discourse of the 1960s constituted an intellectual framework for many people and elites. At the time, an individual’s identity, patriotism and sense of belonging was based on Arabism. This surpassed any oth...
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Iran’s presidential election threatened by boycott calls

  • At a time when the Iranian regime is desperately seeking to secure the largest possible turnout for the presidential election scheduled for June 18 — in order to avoid any repetition of the embarrassing scenario that occurred during the previous parliamentary election — recent days have seen un...
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