Wed, May 13, 2020
The Atlantic Council has released a new report, “Counting the Cost: Avoiding Another War between Israel and Hezbollah,” authored by Nicholas Blanford and Assaf Orion.
In-Depth Research & Reports by Nicholas Blanford and Assaf Orion
Mon, May 4, 2020
Read the Middle East Program’s new paper on the use of weaponized drones in the Middle East, with recommendations for policymakers.
Issue Brief by Dr. Scott Crino and Conrad “Andy” Dreby
Tue, Jul 30, 2019
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
Fri, Jun 28, 2019
While facing sobering external challenges, Iran has not lost sight of its domestic and expatriate political opposition.
Issue Brief by Borzou Daragahi
Thu, Sep 27, 2018
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
Mon, May 7, 2018
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
Mon, Dec 4, 2017
Geographic proximity and shared religion, specifically Shia Islam, give Iran deep influence in Iraq, as shown in a new Atlantic Council issue brief entitled Iran in Iraq, by American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Kenneth M. Pollack. Despite advantages in geography and demography, Pollack argues that Iranian influence in Iraq is not insurmountable. The United States should […]
Issue Brief by Kenneth M. Pollack
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, writes in a new issue brief entitled Partners or Competitors? The Future of the Iran-Russia Power Tandem in the Middle East that Russia and Iran are currently drawn into partnership over common regional interests and anti-American policies and sentiments despite centuries of historical […]
Issue Brief by John Herbst
Thu, Nov 9, 2017
Due to proximity and historical ties, no other country is as well placed as Iran to play a dominant role in Afghan society, as Middle East Institute senior fellow Alex Vatanka shows in his new paper, Iran’s Bottom Line in Afghanistan. However, Tehran is focused on short-term tactical gains at the expense of a sustainable, […]
Issue Brief by Alex Vatanka
Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has managed to hold onto power through the civil war and has the determined support of Iran to thank for his position. In Tehran Stands Atop the Syria-Iran Alliance, author Danielle Pletka examines ties between Syria and Iran, the power relationship that has emerged, and the legacy it leaves for the […]
Issue Brief by Danielle Pletka