Quite suddenly, the Islamic Republic finds itself facing serious setbacks in the Middle East.
The targeting of Soleimani – which followed on the heels of U.S. military strikes on multiple facilities in Iraq operated by Kataib Hezbollah, a key Iranian regional proxy – has ushered in a qualitatively new phase in the Trump administration’s confrontation with Iran. Chances are, it will be one punctuated by heightened hostilities
The current quest for an Iranian constitution reflects a realization by opponents of the Iranian regime that, if they hope to galvanize support from the Iranian “street,” they need to paint a much clearer picture of the future they desire.
The United States must make it abundantly clear that the CCP can no longer enjoy the benefits of American policy without fulfilling its obligations.
Next year is shaping up to be a crucial test for one of America's most enduring Middle Eastern alliances.