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Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Under a Raisi presidency, ties with Iraq will still matter

For Baghdad, it will be essential to maintain friendly relations with the new Iranian administration and its other neighbors.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim, Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Iraq

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Iran’s botched handling of the coronavirus may impact June election

Given the economic uncertainty, unrest in the upcoming election season is possible. An excessive vaccination fee, rumors of nepotism as the vaccination programs roll out, black market distribution of vaccines, or distribution of fake vaccines could ignite a wildfire—especially under current circumstances.

IranElections2021 by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Iran

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Masoud Mostajabi is an associate director of the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing a robust portfolio of Middle East security issues, policy research, and business development. Previously, Masoud was an assistant director of the Council’s South Asia Center. His research focuses on diplomacy, human rights, climate change, and development. Masoud received his bachelor’s in Political Science and History at Arizona State University and his master’s in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service.