The China-Iran Deal Isn’t Everything It’s Cracked Up to Be—but It Still Matters

April 1 2021

On Saturday, the Chinese foreign minister came to Tehran to sign a major trade and investment agreement. Although the text has not been made public, it purportedly involves Beijing funneling $400 billion into the Islamic Republic over the next 25 years. Elliott Abrams carefully outlines why he believes this figure to be exaggerated, perhaps wildly. Nonetheless, he writes, the deal will have real consequences—and also reveals something about Iran’s current circumstances:

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war