Iran's Uncertain Standing in the Middle East

@article{Akbarzadeh2017IransUS,
  title={Iran's Uncertain Standing in the Middle East},
  author={Shahram Akbarzadeh},
  journal={The Washington Quarterly},
  year={2017},
  volume={40},
  pages={109 - 127}
}
In 2014, Iran openly stepped up its engagement in Syria and Iraq in response to the rapid rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known by its Arabic acronym ‘Daesh’) and the growing uncertainty of President Bashar al-Assad’s future. The Iranian position was categorical: the Assad regime must not fall and the newly-established Shia dominance in Iraq must be safeguarded. Iran therefore adopted two key regional policy objectives: stabilize Assad and contain and defeat Daesh. It… Expand
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