“Strategically lonely” Iran exploits opportunities for regional influence

This issue brief, authored by South Asia Center Non-resident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin, provides an overview of Iran’s regional role, examines its relations with Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and the Gulf, assesses the implications of recent Arab uprisings, and offers insights about the prospects for regional cooperation.

 The publication was launched at an event on March 25, 2011.

About the Iran Task Force

The Iran Task Force is co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat. The Iran Task Force seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, as well as its role in the region and globally, to assess whether there are any elements within the country and region that can build the basis for an improved relationship with the West and how these elements, if they exist, could be utilized by U.S. policymakers. The Task Force was launched in February of 2010 with support from the Ploughshares Fund.

Iran Task Force Briefings:

  • Iran Task Force Briefing Five: A Conversation with Stuart Levey
  • Iran Task Force Briefing Four: Negotiating with Iran in an International Context
  • Iran Task Force Briefing Three: Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman
  • Iran Task Force Briefing Two: Opposition Movements in Iran
  • Iran Task Force Briefing One: Can There Be Another Iran?

Iran Task Force Publications: 

  • Iran Sanctions: Preferable to War but No Silver Bullet
  • “Strategically Lonely” Iran Exploits Opportunities for Regional Influence
  • The Iran Stalemate and the Need for Strategic Patience

Iran Task Force Issue Brief Launches:

  • Iran Symposium and Launch of Iran Sanctions: Preferable to War but no Silver Bullet
  • Issue Brief Launch: “‘Strategically Lonely’ Iran Exploits Opportunities for Regional Influence”
  • Iran Issue Brief Launch: The Iran Stalemate

For more writings and news items, please visit the Iran Task Force.page

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