Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's chief foreign policy adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, oversees an agreement between the University of Aleppo in Syria and Iran's Islamic Azad University in November 2017. Syria figures prominently in Iran's foreign policy strategy to extend its influence across the Arab world.
Since Cyrus the Great founded the Achaemenid Empire in 625 B.C., Iran has stayed true to its imperial identity. Even the architects of the 1979 Iranian Revolution kept the country's ambitions to build a new empire alive, albeit with an Islamic political spin. In a 2014 essay in Foreign Affairs,...
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