Blog Post Jan 9, 2020
The information space around Iran
By Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson
Over the last two years, the DFRLab has produced one of the largest bodies of primary, open source reporting on Iran’s activity and capability in the space of hybrid threats, which constitutes a large and vulnerable proxy front.
New Atlanticist Jan 5, 2020
Iraqi parliament calls for troop withdrawal: What next for the United States?
By Atlantic Council
“If this vote tells us anything,” Abbas Kadhim says, “it confirms that if Iraqis are cornered and forced to choose between the United States and Iran, they will find it safer to choose Iran.”
MENASource Jan 3, 2020
Repercussions for Europe after the US targeted attack on Soleimani
By Michel Duclos
Soleimani’s killing came as a kind of strategic surprise in Europe. The general assumption was that the Americans could have had many other opportunities to launch an operation against their arch-enemy in the region.
New Atlanticist Jan 3, 2020
Soleimani killing threatens to break open US-Iranian conflict
By David A. Wemer
The assassination of a top Iranian military official in Iraq on January 2 is the most dramatic step yet in the ongoing escalation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East.
New Atlanticist Jan 3, 2020
Iraq’s parliament may be about to do President Trump a big fat favor
By Kirsten Fontenrose
The biggest favor the Iraqi Parliament can do for US President Donald J. Trump right now is to vote to evict the United States from Iraq. The US president has been clear on his preference for drawing down the US presence in the region rather than beefing it up. Right now, he is asking his advisers why the United States should stay in Iraq, where the two stated missions are to train the Iraqi Security Forces and conduct counterterrorism operations.
Analysis from IranSource
IranSource Sep 25, 2019
How to build a Gulf coalition to counter-Iranian regime aggression
By John W. Miller
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and guided missile cruiser Normandy operate in the Arabian Sea conducting maritime security operations (Reuters) American efforts to build a maritime coalition in the Gulf to counter Iranian regime efforts to impede the free flow of shipping through the Strait of Hormuz have proven difficult and time consuming, but […]
IranSource Sep 19, 2019
Trump’s Iran policy is widening the battlefield
By Borzou Daragahi
The attack on the Aramco facility illustrated the latest salvo in a dangerous new normal that has come about in the Middle East: a constant widening and deepening of the conflict between an Iranian-led axis and the United States and its allies.
Implications for energy markets
MENASource Sep 18, 2019
What the Abqaiq attack should teach us about critical infrastructure
By Thomas S. Warrick
The precision of the aerial attack on Abqaiq, whether it originated in Iran or outside it, shows both a willingness to target strategic critical infrastructure and a capability for extreme precision.
New Atlanticist Sep 19, 2019
The logic of Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia
By Henry Rome and Robert Johnston
While previously mere threats against the safety of shipping were enough to send tremors through oil markets and spook past US presidents, Iranian leaders have seemed powerless to respond to the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign.