Protests in Iran’s western provinces could disrupt oil production and the finances of the regime.
It is appropriate for U.S. officials to support Iranian demands for the rule of law, transparency, economic opportunity, and personal freedom. But it is important to recognize that they are bystanders in a dynamic process whose outcome will be determined squarely within Iran itself.
Ali Hashem examines the ongoing protests in the Islamic Republic, and what they may mean for Tehran’s regional agenda.
Demonstrations continue across Iran, but there are notable differences from the 2009 protests that rocked the country.
As protests continue across Iran, there are many questions about the strength of the regime, the protesters’ goals, and how regional and international actors will respond.
If past protests called for a reformation of the Islamic Republic established in 1979, some of the current slogans are calling for its overthrow. While few expect the protests to succeed, the legitimacy of the Islamic revolution is being challenged for the first time.
Protest movements in the Middle East face enormous repressive hurdles and rarely have happy endings.
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Iran has entered a growth-friendly demographic window of opportunity, during which prime-age workers outnumber children and elderly dependents. This period will profoundly shape Iran’s future.
An effective strategy for countering Iran cannot rely on hard or soft power alone but must be mindful of recent history and of the political realities in both the United States and the Middle East.