Is Iran Actually Losing Ground in the Shifting Geopolitics of the Middle East?

From left to right, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a conference on Palestine, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).
From left to right, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a conference on Palestine, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).
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Only a few months ago it was the conventional view that regional dynamics in the Middle East were working in Iran’s favor. By this account, Tehran was accumulating growing influence through its direct or indirect involvement in the region’s crises and conflicts, buoyed by the confidence born of sanctions relief after the nuclear agreement with the international community. But the picture is not so clear today. In fact, other regional trends involving Russia, the new administration in Washington, and Israel might be converging to put Iran on its back foot. The geopolitics of the Middle East are moving too fast […]

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