Iran's Other ISIS Problem

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

May 5, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">On paper, Iran should be the one country in </span></span><span style=""><span style="">west</span></span><span style=""><span style=""> Asia that does its utmost to counter the message of Islamic State (ISIS). The movement, after all, is both vehemently anti-Shia and deeply anti-Iranian in its messaging and worldview. However, Iran’s efforts to combat ISIS have been missing one important element, one that should be a prerequisite to any successful anti-ISIS campaign: taking innovative and meaningful steps to inoculate Iran’s own Sunni minority against ISIS dogma. Time is also a factor. Tehran sees ISIS’ rise in Iraq and Syria as a long-term challenge, but meanwhile, the movement’s emergence to Iran’s east, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may not be as temporary as many have assumed.</span></span></p>

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

May 5, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">On paper, Iran should be the one country in </span></span><span style=""><span style="">west</span></span><span style=""><span style=""> Asia that does its utmost to counter the message of Islamic State (ISIS). The movement, after all, is both vehemently anti-Shia and deeply anti-Iranian in its messaging and worldview. However, Iran’s efforts to combat ISIS have been missing one important element, one that should be a prerequisite to any successful anti-ISIS campaign: taking innovative and meaningful steps to inoculate Iran’s own Sunni minority against ISIS dogma. Time is also a factor. Tehran sees ISIS’ rise in Iraq and Syria as a long-term challenge, but meanwhile, the movement’s emergence to Iran’s east, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may not be as temporary as many have assumed.</span></span></p>

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

May 5, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">On paper, Iran should be the one country in </span></span><span style=""><span style="">west</span></span><span style=""><span style=""> Asia that does its utmost to counter the message of Islamic State (ISIS). The movement, after all, is both vehemently anti-Shia and deeply anti-Iranian in its messaging and worldview. However, Iran’s efforts to combat ISIS have been missing one important element, one that should be a prerequisite to any successful anti-ISIS campaign: taking innovative and meaningful steps to inoculate Iran’s own Sunni minority against ISIS dogma. Time is also a factor. Tehran sees ISIS’ rise in Iraq and Syria as a long-term challenge, but meanwhile, the movement’s emergence to Iran’s east, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may not be as temporary as many have assumed.</span></span></p>

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

Iran's Other ISIS Problem

May 5, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">On paper, Iran should be the one country in </span></span><span style=""><span style="">west</span></span><span style=""><span style=""> Asia that does its utmost to counter the message of Islamic State (ISIS). The movement, after all, is both vehemently anti-Shia and deeply anti-Iranian in its messaging and worldview. However, Iran’s efforts to combat ISIS have been missing one important element, one that should be a prerequisite to any successful anti-ISIS campaign: taking innovative and meaningful steps to inoculate Iran’s own Sunni minority against ISIS dogma. Time is also a factor. Tehran sees ISIS’ rise in Iraq and Syria as a long-term challenge, but meanwhile, the movement’s emergence to Iran’s east, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may not be as temporary as many have assumed.</span></span></p>