Iranian Weapons Materiel on Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Avenues for conflict in the Gulf: A matrix game simulation

Iran faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally, while simultaneously perceiving a historic opportunity to reshape regional dynamics through multiple regional conflicts. This convergence creates conditions that could lead to a strategic shock, and which warrant serious consideration.

Issue Brief by John Watts

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

After Sistani and Khamenei—Looming successions will shape the Middle East

As Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei age, the international community of Shia Muslims faces a looming void in religious and political leadership.

Issue Brief by Abbas Kadhim and Barbara Slavin

Iran Iraq

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

How Iran will cope with US sanctions

As a second and more punishing wave of US sanctions hits Iran, the Islamic Republic is dusting off an old playbook for circumventing such penalties and maintaining a crucial level of oil exports and other trade. A new issue brief by Holly Dagres and Barbara Slavin—How Iran Will Cope with US Sanctions—discusses the myriad techniques […]

Issue Brief by Holly Dagres and Barbara Slavin

Economic Sanctions Iran
The 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade during a drill held in the Golan Heights in northern Israel. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

The evolving Iranian strategy in Syria: A looming conflict with Israel

Iran began its military involvement in Syria in 2011, at the outbreak of the civil war. Tehran’s immediate objective was to defeat the Syrian opposition militarily to save Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The maintenance of the Shia-Alawi-dominated regime in Damascus was key to the Islamic Republic’s long-term regional strategy, the creation of a contiguous Shia […]

Issue Brief by Nader Uskowi

Iran Security & Defense

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Oil and Iran: How renewed sanctions will affect Iran and world markets

On July 18, the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative in the South Asia Center, Global Energy Center, and Global Business & Economics Program co-hosted a panel discussion on the likelihood and effect of renewed US sanctions on Iran.

Event Recap by Global Business & Economics Program

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Iran’s Environmental Impasse

Iran’s environmental challenges are reaching a crisis point. Severe water and air pollution, deforestation, land degradation, desertification, climate change, and biodiversity loss are only a few of the increasing number of major environmental issues faced by Iran. These calamities have become a source of social and economic hardship, a threat to public health and a […]

Event Recap by Masoud Mostajabi

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Environmental and wildlife degradation in Iran

Environmental degradation has become a major issue in Iran. It is a source of economic hardship, ill health, social disruption, and recent political protests. Climate change has been a factor in this deterioration but so has mismanagement of the country’s once ample natural resources. Our latest issue brief, Environmental and Wildlife Degradation in Iran, authored […]

Issue Brief by David Laylin

Energy & Environment Iran

Mon, May 7, 2018

The United States-Lebanese armed forces partnership: Challenges, risks, and rewards

Over the past year, many have questioned the extent to which the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are an arm of the Lebanese state or beholden to Hezbollah. Pointing to the LAF’s complicated relationship with Hezbollah, congressional and other voices in the United States have criticized US security assistance to Lebanon and threatened to withhold assistance. […]

Issue Brief by Nicholas Blanford

Iran Middle East

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

Iran’s Sunnis resist extremism, but for how long?

A predominantly Shia nation, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a substantial Sunni population that receives little attention compared to the country’s other minorities. Last year’s attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the capital Tehran have raised fears that disgruntled Iranian Sunnis, who have until now largely escaped extremist influences, […]

Issue Brief by Scheherezade Faramarzi

Extremism Iran

Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Iran’s Post-Revolutionary Elite

Iran’s political elite is “graying” and the average age of its members exceeds 55 in the cabinet and 65 in clerical-led institutions, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, a professor of political science at Syracuse University and co-author of an upcoming new book, Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Handbook. Boroujerdi, who spoke March 12 at an event hosted by […]

Event Recap by Future of Iran Initiative