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The Shortcomings of the Gulf Cooperation Council

On October 5, 2018, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iran,Middle East, With Comments Off on The Shortcomings of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Written by Steven Tibbitts The Gulf Cooperation Council is an organization designed to strengthen ties between six Gulf-Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar) and coordinate their approaches to regional issues (Al-Hassan 2018; Guzansky and Heistein 2018). However, its usefulness and viability have diminished…

Containing Iran

On September 30, 2018, Posted by , In Featured Reports,Iran,United States, With 1 Comment

Written by Steven Tibbitts Policy Recommendations to Counter Iranian Expansionism US policy towards Iran should promote containment that confronts Iran’s current expansion efforts, helps insulate vulnerable states in the region against Iranian penetration, and blocking further spreading of malign Iranian influence. Just like George Keenan’s original containment theory, US policy…

Iran’s Regional and Global Footprint

On September 23, 2018, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iran,Middle East, With Comments Off on Iran’s Regional and Global Footprint

Written by Steven Tibbitts Iran has significantly increased its efforts to expand its influence and sway across the Middle East, in locations as diverse as Iraq, Syria, and Morocco. It has followed a shrewd strategy of realpolitik that adjusts to constantly shifting politics in the region. One of the main…

Iranian Expansion

On September 15, 2018, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iran, With Comments Off on Iranian Expansion

Written by Steven Tibbitts   Iran is currently embarked on a campaign to extend both its territorial control and its ideological influence across the Middle East. Historically, post-1979 Iranian expansionism has roots in the ideology of the Islamic Revolution, nuances in official Iranian interpretation of Shia Islam, and Iranian security…

The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On October 10, 2012, Posted by , In Cody Knudsen,Iran,Israel,Middle East,Praemon,United States, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies” of waging a “psychological war” against Iran in an attempt to stop Iranians from ditching the weakening rial for U.S. dollars.  This “war” refers to the significant problems Iran faces, including the U.S.-led economic sanctions, a threatened Israeli military…