Iranian Relations

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Why the Saudi-Iranian Pact Is Withstanding the Gaza War

The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.

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What Do Recent Fatalities Reveal About the Quds Force and IRGC?

Targeted assassinations of skilled engineers, seasoned commanders, and intelligence operatives are no doubt taking a toll on the IRGC and the Quds Force but not enough for Iran to reconsider its attempt at containing the perceived threat from Israel.

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Tactical Theatrics: Iranian Proxies and Allies Respond to the War in Gaza

Iran and its allies appear to be engaged in symbolic actions against Israeli and U.S. forces rather than openly provoking a war, but these theatrics still risk igniting a regional war all involved parties want to avoid.

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Is Quds Force Chief Qaani Likely to Open a Hezbollah Front Against Israel?

While there are ways Hezbollah could become involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict, neither Hezbollah nor Iran appears interested in a wider regional war.

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Envy and Admiration: Iranian Perspectives on Saudi Arabia’s Diplomatic Maneuvers

Iran may look to emulate Saudi Arabia in its efforts to reorient its foreign policy and establish a more balanced position in relations with the great powers of the East and West.

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Are Iran and Egypt on a Path to Entente?

A thaw with Egypt may help an economically besieged Iranian government rattled by popular protests boost its regional standing.

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Sultan Haitham the Mediator

With Sultan Haitham’s planned trip to Tehran to mediate between Iran and the United States, the Omani leader appears to be following his predecessor’s path as a regional interlocutor.

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Why Isolated Iran’s Turn to Africa Has Fallen Flat

Despite efforts to present Iran’s supposedly strong ties with African states, Iran has failed to forge robust partnerships on the continent.

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Iranian-Saudi Deal Highlights Khamenei’s Control Over Tehran’s Foreign Policy

The role of Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, in the Iranian-Saudi talks is a strong indication of the supreme leader’s direct influence over Iran’s foreign policy decision making.

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