Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

November 30, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style="">For the generals of Iran’s&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg5">elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps</a></span>&nbsp;(IRGC), anti-Americanism is an indispensable component of their worldview. And yet, to the surprise of many,&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg51">top IRGC commanders</a></span>&nbsp;have so far been amenable to the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. It appears that they are following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lead and are hoping for an American self-extrication from the Middle East in the next administration.&nbsp;​The first big test will be on the question of Syria and&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg52">Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad</a></span>, with whom Iran’s history is considerably more complicated than many realize. If Trump decides to cut a deal with Russia and Iran over Syria, he will find he has more leverage on the question of Assad’s future than many might recognize.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

November 30, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style="">For the generals of Iran’s&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg5">elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps</a></span>&nbsp;(IRGC), anti-Americanism is an indispensable component of their worldview. And yet, to the surprise of many,&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg51">top IRGC commanders</a></span>&nbsp;have so far been amenable to the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. It appears that they are following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lead and are hoping for an American self-extrication from the Middle East in the next administration.&nbsp;​The first big test will be on the question of Syria and&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg52">Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad</a></span>, with whom Iran’s history is considerably more complicated than many realize. If Trump decides to cut a deal with Russia and Iran over Syria, he will find he has more leverage on the question of Assad’s future than many might recognize.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

November 30, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style="">For the generals of Iran’s&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg5">elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps</a></span>&nbsp;(IRGC), anti-Americanism is an indispensable component of their worldview. And yet, to the surprise of many,&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg51">top IRGC commanders</a></span>&nbsp;have so far been amenable to the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. It appears that they are following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lead and are hoping for an American self-extrication from the Middle East in the next administration.&nbsp;​The first big test will be on the question of Syria and&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg52">Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad</a></span>, with whom Iran’s history is considerably more complicated than many realize. If Trump decides to cut a deal with Russia and Iran over Syria, he will find he has more leverage on the question of Assad’s future than many might recognize.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

Iran and Assad in the Age of Trump

November 30, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style="">For the generals of Iran’s&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg5">elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps</a></span>&nbsp;(IRGC), anti-Americanism is an indispensable component of their worldview. And yet, to the surprise of many,&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg51">top IRGC commanders</a></span>&nbsp;have so far been amenable to the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. It appears that they are following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lead and are hoping for an American self-extrication from the Middle East in the next administration.&nbsp;​The first big test will be on the question of Syria and&nbsp;<span style=""><a dataquery="#textLink_iw7o4eg52">Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad</a></span>, with whom Iran’s history is considerably more complicated than many realize. If Trump decides to cut a deal with Russia and Iran over Syria, he will find he has more leverage on the question of Assad’s future than many might recognize.&nbsp;</span></p>

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