Category: Syrian Front

New challenges to Russia and Iran’s partnership in Syria

By guest contributor Anton Evstratov The Syrian civil war is one of the most dangerous conflicts in the world today. There are many political players who over time have become involved on this conflagration. While the Bashar al-Assad regime continues fighting Salafi extremists, it is unclear how long it can continue the fight against these…



Interview – IranPolitik w/ IranWire on Iran-Syria relations

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted an interview with IranWire on Iran-Syria relations and Iran’s role in the Syrian civil war. The interview can be found on IranWire, with excerpts below: “When Arab Spring protests reached Syria in 2011, Iran took a similar approach to Syria. “Iranian elites took a wait and see…



Ex-IRGC chief Safavi: Our influence has reached the Mediterranean

Majour General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the senior military adviser to the supreme leader and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, made an eye catching statement regarding Iranian influence in the Middle East this past Friday 02 May 2014. Speaking to an audience in Esfahan, Safavi declared that: “Iran’s penetration power from the axis of…



Détente, not Rapprochement (Part 1): The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy in the Syrian Civil War

IranPolitik co-founder Farzan Sabet has published the first of a two part series for the Geneva-based Pierre du Bois Foundation’s Current Affairs in Perspective series: “Iran, a central actor in both of these dramas, has been engaged in intense diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland, with the E3+3 (Great Britain, France, and Germany, plus the United States,…



Interview – IranPolitik w/ Italy’s L’Indro on the Geneva II Conference

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted an interview with Italy’s L’Indro on the conference in Syria this week taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Excerpts of the interview can be found in Italian on L’Indro’s article page. For an English translation of the interview, please see below. Barbara Ciolli: The power and influence…



The Syrian Front: Evidence of Iran’s role in the Syrian civil war?

What is the nature and scale of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War? This is a question which very much remains open, but as the brutal civil war which has now claimed over 100,000 lives drags on, shards of evidence allow us to create a better image of what is…



Obama versus McCain on Syria and the implications for Iran

As the United States ponders military action in Syria over allegations of the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian rebels and civilians, Iranian leaders are pondering how to respond. Limited U.S. military action, of the kind proposed by President Barack Obama, could potentially not elicit any kind of response from Iran and…



Chemical weapons use in Syria: An obstacle to Rouhani’s moderate foreign policy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected on a moderate foreign policy platform which promised, among other things, to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, thereby weakening the harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iran for its nuclear program. The Bashar al-Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians and a potential U.S. military response,…



Publication – The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Political Elite on Syria: Understanding What They Think Through Iranian Media Narratives

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet has released a new report in collaboration with our partners at the University of Pennsylvania’s Iran Media Program (IMP): “The Islamic Republic of Iran has been the central regional backer of the Bashar al-Assad regime since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March 2011. Despite the…



Event – IranPolitik @ the Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna, Austria

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet presented at the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy between 16-18 April 2013 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria. This year’s seminar focused on the theme of “Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage at a time of Reset, Pivot, and Rebalance”. Mr. Sabet appeared during session…