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Rather Than Addressing Poverty, Iran Cracks Down on Dissent

The rise of economic hardships, widespread poverty, and increasing use of violence by the Islamic Republic are major grievances dominating state-citizen relations.

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Iran’s Post-Sanctions Weapon Purchases: Ambition Collides With Reality

Iran will do as it always has – seek to quietly develop asymmetric capabilities, ideally built domestically, and only purchase the few items that it cannot make hoping to counter key U.S. military capabilities.

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Deepening Poverty Threatens the Social Contract in Iran

“Public welfare” and “social justice” have been key slogans of the Islamic Republic’s political narrative. However, sanctions, corruption, and inadequate government policies have accelerated the rate of poverty in Iran.

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After the Embargo: Iran’s Weapons Agenda

The lifting of the arms embargo is not likely to result in an Iranian buying spree. But, the Islamic Republic’s arms exports in the post-embargo era may prove as significant as its potential procurements.

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As Iran’s Elite Fall Victim to Coronavirus, Succession Questions Arise

None of Iran’s leadership hopefuls can seize power without IRGC support, and any future leader of the Islamic Republic will be beholden to the IRGC.

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Iran Chooses a Harsher Tone as it Reacts to the Bahrain-Israel Rapprochement

The normalization of relations with Israel provides another grievance Tehran can use to mobilize Bahrain’s Shias against their rulers.

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IRGC Academic Journals Acknowledge Protests Often Driven by Regime Missteps

Authors of articles published by Imam Hussein University of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps see the real challenges the regime is facing from the unprivileged slumdwellers and the politicized middle class and its grievances.

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Iran Reacts Angrily to the UAE-Israel Landmark Agreement

The Islamic Republic has yet to realize taking such a posture toward its Arab neighbors further encourages them to align with Iran’s adversaries.

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Frustration With the Regime Spurs New Protests in Iran

Despite Iranians’ contempt for the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign, many see the regime as the main source of the country’s economic and social problems.

China’s Balancing Act in the Gulf Relies on Ties to Iran and Arab States

The China-Iran deal may be a stepping stone to increased ties between Tehran and Beijing, but the Gulf Arab states remain integral to Beijing’s economic projection in the Middle East.

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