Iranian Influence in the Middle East and Beyond
A New AEI Report

While Iran is widely recognized as one of the greatest threats to U.S. security and interests in the Middle East and beyond, its well-documented nuclear ambitions constitute only one aspect of Iran’s pursuit of regional hegemony. Equally important--though often overlooked--is its status as the world’s premier state sponsor of terrorism. Despite this threat, U.S. policy toward Iran and public appreciation of the Islamic Republic’s reach is too often limited to specific incidents, be they terror attacks, violations of nuclear commitments, or interference in Iraq. This “soda-straw” approach has caused many to fail to recognize what appears to be a deliberate strategy by the regime in Tehran to influence--and in some cases dominate--wide areas around the Middle East and in neighboring Afghanistan.

At this event, AEI resident scholar Frederick W. Kagan; Kimberly Kagan, president of the Institute for the Study of War; and AEI vice president for foreign and defense policy studies Danielle Pletka will present the findings of their new report, Iranian Influence in the Levant, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The authors will discuss Iranian activities in the Middle East and their implications for United States policy and interests in the region. AEI’s Ali Alfoneh will moderate.

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About the Author

 

Danielle
Pletka

  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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  • Phone: 202-862-5943
    Email: dpletka@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Alexandra Della Rocchetta
    Phone: 202-862-7152
    Email: alex.dellarocchetta@aei.org

 

Frederick W.
Kagan

 

Ali
Alfoneh
  • Ali Alfoneh's research areas include civil-military relations in Iran with a special focus on the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Islamic Republic. Mr. Alfoneh has been a research fellow at the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College and has taught political economy at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.

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