In 2011, an unprecedented wave of popular demonstrations shook the Middle East and the North Africa region. One by one, dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya were toppled; Bahrain witnessed mass protests and Syria fell victim to a bloody struggle between the Assad regime and its people. Amid this instability, Iran has found an opportunity to exert its influence in the region. Iran’s hegemonic aspirations, which partially rest on the country’s ancient imperial past, were reawakened and bolstered by the fall of autocratic leaders who long shunned Iran’s ruling regime. However, navigating the tumultuous and unpredictable world of Middle East politics will not be an easy task for Iran, and many challenges lie ahead.

In this Special Issue, co-produced by and Inside Iran, our contributors take a broad, analytical perspective on Iran’s future role in the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran and Its Neighbors, Post-Arab Uprising

Iran, Syria, & the Arab Spring: Whither the Tehran-Damascus Nexus?

by Jubin Goodarzi

An Eager Iran & Hesitant Egypt:Relations Before & After the Arab Spring

by Ahmed Morsy

Arab Spring Renews Suspicions between Iran and Bahrain

by Hasan Tariq Alhasan

Iran Demonstrates Hypocrisy on Bahrain Policy

by Jason Stern

Entrenchment in Tehran: Arab Uprisings Reinforce Khamanei’s Worldview

by Behnam Ben Taleblu

Animosity Grows between Iran & Bahrain Post-Arab Spring

by Jasim Husain


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