Thanks to Intensified Sanctions and Domestic Protests, Iran’s Regime Is Weak. The U.S. Should Seize the Opportunity

Last week, massive anti-government demonstrations swept through major Iranian cities as well countless smaller locales, showing that the protest movement that began in December is far from over. Iran’s economy, meanwhile, is in dire straits. Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh explain why it is in America’s interest to help bring an end to the Islamic Republic, and suggest how Washington can help:

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More about: Cold War, Iran, Iran sanctions, Poltics & Current Affairs, U.S. Foreign policy

 

The Iraqi Elections Are Bad News for Iran

Oct. 19 2021

Last week, Iraq held its fifth national election since the U.S. deposed Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Islamic Republic has spent the past two decades expanding its influence in the country, setting up an interlocking network of proxy militias and political parties, and trying to turn its neighbor into another Lebanon. But the recent voting has impeded those efforts, writes Amir Taheri; and there is other good news as well:

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More about: Arab democracy, Iran, Iraq