May 16, 2019 | 16:15 GMT

The Knowns and Unknowns of the Situation Developing Between the United States and Iran

Iranian demonstrators raise placards and portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as they chant anti-US slogans during a rally in the capital Tehran, on May 10 2019.
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As the world watches the events unfold between the United States and Iran, it can seem that more questions are raised than have been answered. Stratfor analysts Emily Hawthorne and Rodger Baker discuss what we know about the escalation, what is not known and what Stratfor forecasts for the next few weeks. Open questions include the roles of Saudi Arabia, Yemen's Houthi rebels, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. One thing is clear: Iraq is absolutely essential to what is unfolding in the Middle East.

Worldview Reading List:

Increasing U.S. Sanctions Pressure Raises Risks of Iranian Retaliation. 

A Saudi Pipeline Attacks Amps up Suspicions on the Arabian Peninsula

Iran Is Inching Away from Nuclear Deal. What Happens Now? 

Back Under US Sanctions Iran Looks for Plan B 


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