Iran's Hand in the Levant
Violence continues in Syria despite pressure from the Arab League and the international community for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. As countries such as Jordan and Turkey take the first steps to speak out against the al-Assad regime, Iran will have to consider losing its only Arab ally in the region. Could the fall of al-Assad weaken Hezbollah or destabilize the region further?
Panelists examined Iran’s changing role in the Levant, challenges posed to local armed forces, and the political future of the region. They also discussed how Iran's relations with Syria and Lebanon have been impacted by the Arab Spring.
The Iran Task Force, co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West.
A discussion with
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Middle East Institute
Senior Advisor and Middle East Project Director