Iran’s Uncertain Standing in the Middle East

October 04, 2017

by Shahram Akbarzadeh

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Iran has pursued its regional ambitions through two distinct and contradictory avenues. While simultaneously cultivating sub-state actors to counter ISIS and building an international coalition with Russia to stabilize Assad in Syria have both helped Iran achieve its objectives in the short run, its regional standing is likely to be undermined in the long run for two reasons.