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...
Iran’s pharmaceutical sector

Iran’s pharmaceutical sector

One of the themes to emerge from the handling of COVID-19 is that US sanctions have restricted the availability of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Iran. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has published a list of items that the country desperately needs and cannot...
The shape of upcoming Iranian politics

The shape of upcoming Iranian politics

So what political developments can be expected after the February 2020 election in which the conservative hardliners won 221 or the 290 seats? The new Majles will convene in July. It will then use the remainder of the current government’s term, until July 2021, to...