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Debating Iran’s role in regional conflicts

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Solidarity with protests in Iran, at the Iranian embassy London, 6th January 2018. Image Credit: Steve Eason via Flickr.

In this article, Holly Dagres, a contributing editor at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs reviews the recent protests that erupted in Iran. She points our that, since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, Iran has provided billions in funding, weaponry, and manpower to reinforce the Assad government.

Now that IS has all but been defeated in Iraq and Syria, and the Syrian rebels are increasingly losing territory, some Iranians are starting to wonder what they will receive in return for their steadfast friendship—especially against the rise of a Saudi-led, Sunni bloc encouraged by the Trump administration.

Now even while the protests wane and the government succeeds in its crackdown, the core grievances—inflation, unemployment, and corruption—remain.

Read the full article at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

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Is India Qualified to Assume a Global Role?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin greet each other before the 2017 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. Image Credit: www.kremlin.ru
New Delhi makes no contribution on political and security issues that dominate the domestic agendas and foreign policies of governments around the world, and thereby wields limited influence in international politics, punching far below its weight.
A narrow bilateral approach to foreign policy can stall India’s aspirations in becoming a global leader.

…this narrow bilateral approach to foreign policy is also a problem for India’s aspirations for global leadership, especially at a time when it is seeking to make a case for its membership in the world’s many decision-making councils. Geopolitics is by definition about geography and regional politics. But India’s bilateral relationships sit in silos and don’t quite work together in service of a coherent global agenda. They don’t offer any leadership or vision to the world in resolving its most pressing concerns and issues.

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The Secret History of ISIS

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A U.S. Marine fires an M777-A2 Howitzer in Syria, June 1, 2017. The Marines had been conducting 24-hour all-weather fire support for the coalition’s local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

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