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The United States’ policy towards Iran is one of the most contentious foreign policy issues currently dividing Democrats and Republicans in the 2020 election season. While containing Iran’s nuclear activity is a priority for both parties, it remains unclear how either one plans to deal with Iranian-backed militias, which remain a threat to lasting stability in the Middle East and a danger to America and its allies’ national security interests.
This panel will explore Iran’s activity in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and how the current administration, and a possible future Democratic administration, might address the grave risks of Iran’s regional expansionism.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Levant and Special Envoy for Syria,
US Department of State
Michael B. Herzog
Milton Fine International Fellow,
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Middle East Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy,
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Middle East Analyst; Contributor,
Iran International TV; Al-Monitor
Conflict Analyst and Expert; Nonresident Researcher,
Omran Center for Strategic Studies; Orsam Center
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
MENASource Oct 28, 2019
A highway linking Iraq and Syria becomes an opportunity for Tehran
By Caroline Rose
In the past month, the sands have shifted within the Levant’s political landscape. The United States has recalibrated its official policy in the region, choosing to draw down its special operations forces in northern Syria and thereby introducing a power vacuum in the region. After an offensive and brief ceasefire in northern Syria, Moscow and Ankara […]
IranSource Apr 10, 2020
Iran’s regional ambitions are not going anywhere
By Raz Zimmt
Time and time again, Iran has proved that, despite its limitations and weaknesses, it manages to hold on and turn threats into opportunities that preserve not only the regime’s survival, but its regional influence, as well.
MENASource Jun 18, 2019
How to counter Iran’s proxies
By Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff
Solutions will emphasize political efforts to continue to isolate Iran from the international community, make dependence on Iranian support less attractive to its proxies, and cultivate partners who can provide the kind of good governance and responsible behavior that serve as a more attractive model than Iran’s divisive practices.