GIS Dossier: Iran’s rise

Iran’s “Shia Crescent” of influence
Iran wields significant influence in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen, forming an arc of allies stretching from the Gulf of Aden to the Mediterranean (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • Iran is gaining influence throughout the Middle East
  • Tensions are heating up between Tehran and Riyadh
  • U.S. President Donald Trump will oppose Iran’s rise and support Sunni nations
  • At home, Iran is deeply divided

GIS “Dossiers” aim to give our subscribers a quick overview of key topics, regions or conflicts based on a selection of our experts’ reports since 2011. This survey is devoted to Iran and its rise to the status of a regional power.

Ever since the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979, Tehran has had an antagonistic relationship with the West. It has sponsored terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies, and called for the destruction of Israel. The country’s nuclear program, which the West suspected was a cover for the development of nuclear weapons, led to crippling sanctions. “Death to America” is a well-worn political slogan in Iran.

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