Will Iranians revolt?

Will Iranians revolt?

Is Iranian society ready to revolt against poverty, injustice, and political repression? For decades, US administrations have hoped that a popular uprising will lead to the collapse of the Islamic Republic.  Over the past two years, Iranian adversaries Saudi...
European businesses in Iran

European businesses in Iran

As Iran–China relations strengthen and the EU remains relatively passive, European companies are in a challenging position. Under US sanctions, only small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to trade with Iran, but European SMEs face a thorny...
Iranian influence in Iraq

Iranian influence in Iraq

Over the past decade, Iraq has been Iran’s most significant regional ally. Analysts believe that Major-General Qasem Soleimani — the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force who was assassinated by the US on 3 January 2020 — played an...
Conservatives in the ascendency in Iran

Conservatives in the ascendency in Iran

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other hard-line forces will continue to be the determinant voice in Iranian regional and security policies, although the country will continue its dual-track strategy of diplomacy and regional power projection. The new...
IRGC looks for legitimacy

IRGC looks for legitimacy

Following the shooting down of a Ukrainian aircraft in early January, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) faced a legitimacy crisis in the eyes of the Iranian public. Though the mainstream assumption is that the Iranian military in general does not care about...