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BEST OF THE WEB: Iran is winning strategic struggle for influence, even as US cripples its economy

BEST OF THE WEB: Iran is winning strategic struggle for influence, even as US cripples its economy

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A new report has confirmed what some analysts have been saying for some time: that Iran is winning the regional struggle for strategic influence. The 217-page report, published by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is entitled “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” and details Tehran’s use of proxy forces and networks throughout the region and the effects and benefits of its “minimum output” foreign policy strategy. It is probably worth mentioning at this point that H.R. McMaster, Trump’s former national security adviser, was once an employee of the IISS. As was James Steinberg, a former US deputy secretary of state. Furthermore, at the end of 2016, the Guardian revealed that the organization had received £25 million ($32 million) from the Bahraini royal family (apparently almost half of its total income has come from Bahrain). Iran and Bahrain aren’t exactly close friends. Notwithstanding the potential motives and bias of the IISS,…
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