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Where Does Iran Fit in a World Defined by Great Power Competition?

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
May 20, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet in Beijing on May 17, 2019.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet in Beijing on May 17. A White House strategy to either coerce Iran to the negotiating table or trigger an uprising against the Iranian government threatens to undermine the United States in an escalating great power competition with China and Russia.


In the course of just the past two weeks, the White House broke a tariff cease-fire and escalated its tech war with China, North Korea launched its second test of short-range ballistic missiles in under two weeks, the United States seized a North Korean vessel, Iran announced it would stop complying with parts of the nuclear deal, four oil tankers were allegedly attacked near the energy-vital Strait of Hormuz, a major Saudi pipeline was hit by a Houthi drone and the United States evacuated nonessential personnel from Iraq in reaction to intelligence threats of Iranian attacks against U.S. targets. When things are moving this fast, it becomes all the more important to take pause and reevaluate the intent of the main players on the world stage to figure out where we're heading....

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