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After Qasem Soleimani: The Islamic Republic’s Strategy for the Arab World

After Qasem Soleimani: The Islamic Republic’s Strategy for the Arab World

Date and time: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 10 am Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

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The January assassination of Qasem Soleimani shocked the leadership in Tehran. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had not expected the United States to escalate tensions between the two countries in such a manner. The assassination of Soleimani was an effort to change Tehran’s strategic calculations and policies for the Middle East. With continued sanctions imposed by the United States, regional tension, and the loss of a key decision-maker, Iran is facing intensified challenges to achieve its goals at home and in the region. The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to welcome a group of experts to assess Iranian policy towards the Arab world following the death of Soleimani and to discuss how Arab states are reacting to Iran’s actions.

How has Iran’s strategy in the Arab world performed following Soleimani’s death? In what ways have proxy forces in the Middle East that operate under Tehran’s command been affected? Who is left to make key decisions about the Islamic Republic’s involvement in the Arab states, and are we faced with a weaker IRGC Quds force after Soleimani? Finally, what do Arabs think of Iranian policies aimed at them?

Speakers:

  • Tarek Osman, senior political counselor for the Arab World at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
  • Ariane Tabatabai, Middle East fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Morad Veisi, journalist and editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Persian Service, Radio Farda
  • Alex Vatanka, moderator, director of Iran Program and senior fellow, Frontier Europe Initiative, MEI

For more information: Programs Department, events@mei.edu, +1 202-785-1141 ext. 202

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