Iran’s evolving role in the region, external relations, and domestic dynamics

The ultimate impacts of former President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, and subsequent maximum pressure campaign, remain unclear. Questions and uncertainty surround the future of U.S. engagement with Iran, as well as how Iran’s Arab neighbors will respond to Iranian assertiveness and perceptions of the U.S.-Gulf alliance. The Middle East Program examines evolving domestic trends within Iran as well as Iran’s engagement with its neighbors, in the region, and beyond.

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The Impacts of Raisi’s Death

On May 19, 2024, Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, and foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, died in a plane crash. Jon Alterman breaks down what their deaths mean for Iranian politics and the wider region. 

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Critical Questions by Jon B. Alterman — May 20, 2024