Iran & the Middle East

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5 must reads to understand Iranian influence on Middle Eastern politics.

  • Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, countries in the Middle East and beyond have sought to understand Iran’s strategic intent and military capabilities.
  • Iran’s influence on the region has changed over time but in the last decade experts have pointed to evidence that its influence is growing again.
  • That’s thought to be due to the country’s partnerships with military and civilian groups around the region and involvement in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
  • In 2015 the US government signed a deal with Irananian leaders that said the country would massively reduce its stockpile of nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
  • However, in 2018 US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, arguing that Iran was not complying.
  • The future of the nuclear agreement with Iran is in doubt, but with new leaders in both countries, perhaps it will be entered into again.
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Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'

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EXPLAINER-How Hezbollah widens Iran's Middle East reach

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The Guardian

War still rages in Syrian border town at heart of Iran’s regional ambition

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Al Jazeera

The many challenges facing Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi

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The US-Iran conflict: A timeline of how we got here

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