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May 23, 2024

The ‘Butcher of Tehran’ is dead. It won’t change a thing.

By Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani

Despite his role in crimes against humanity, Ebrahim Raisi’s celebrated death will have no bearing on the Islamic Republic’s policy.

Civil Society Human Rights

Inflection Points

May 21, 2024

Netanyahu’s political survival rests on a strategic awakening

By Frederick Kempe

Growing threats to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political survival may have a greater immediate impact on the Middle East than the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Iran Israel

In the News

May 20, 2024

Vinograd for CBS News about the helicopter crash that killed the Iranian President and Foreign Minister

On May 20, Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Samantha Vinograd spoke on CBS about the helicopter crash that killed Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister and the potential ramifications for global and regional security.

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

May 20, 2024

Dagres joins CNN to discuss what could come next for Iran after President Ebrahim Raisi’s death

By Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2024

Experts react: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is dead in a helicopter crash. What’s next for the regime?

By Atlantic Council experts

The Iranian president and foreign minister died in a crash on Sunday in northwestern Iran. Atlantic Council experts offer their insights on the implications for the Islamic Republic.

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2024

What comes after Ebrahim Raisi

By Jonathan Panikoff

While the Iranian president's death in a helicopter crash was shocking, it is unlikely to change the country's strategic direction. Here's why.

Extremism Iran

Blog Post

May 17, 2024

State of the Order: Global conflict is continuing to reshape the global order—and so is climate change

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment


May 10, 2024

The Islamic Republic claims to support US student protests, but it crushed its own student uprising

By Arash Azizi

No matter what the state-run hardline outlets publish or broadcast in Iran, Iranians remember the domestic repression they’ve seen with their own eyes.

Civil Society Iran


May 9, 2024

The nuclear fatwa that wasn’t—how Iran sold the world a false narrative

By Khosro Sayeh Isfahani

Tracking the supreme leader's comments over the past two decades demonstrates that he never issued a fatwa against building a nuclear weapon.

Conflict Iran


May 9, 2024

Syria holds the key to improved US-Turkey ties

By Ömer Özkizilcik

It is crucial that the United States and Turkey overcome their differences because the governments need to strengthen their alliance—especially as it concerns Syria. 

Conflict Europe & Eurasia