Farhad Rezaei

Farhad Rezaei is a senior research fellow at the Philos Project.

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Is the Political Influence of Iran in Iraq and Lebanon Declining?
Is the Political Influence of Iran in Iraq and Lebanon Declining?

Within the space of a few months, Iranian proxies and allies in Iraq and Lebanon suffered significant setbacks in parliamentary elections. Some commentators have ventured that the era of Tehran’s hegemony may be over. While it is hard to predict the final outcome of these electoral shifts, such hopes might be premature.

The Negev Summit: Challenging Iran’s Grand Maritime Vision?
The Negev Summit: Challenging Iran’s Grand Maritime Vision?

The Negev Summit puts a question mark on Iran’s plan to use its navy for anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) warfare against its adversaries.

Iran’s Strategic Partnership with China Will Lead to a Further Decline in Human Rights - Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP)
Iran’s Strategic Partnership with China Will Lead to a Further Decline in Human Rights

The “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” (CSP) signed between Iran and China will have profound domestic, regional, and international implications. The more immediate effect of the partnership will be a further decline in human rights and freedom in Iran.

Khamenei’s Empire Building Resulted in the Somalization of Iran - Water Shortages - Climate Change
Khamenei’s Empire Building Resulted in the Somalization of Iran

In recent days, the Iranian regime brutally cracked down on protests in Esfahan province against growing water shortages. Some observers argue that the origins of the water crisis in Iran are climate change and a drastic drop in precipitation. However, the reasons for the crisis go deeper.

Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights
Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights

Among the voluminous commentary on the Taliban’s return to power, only a few observed its apparent desire to emulate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Fall of Afghanistan: What Does it Mean for Iran?
The Fall of Afghanistan: What Does it Mean for Iran?

A Taliban-led government in Afghanistan is going to be both an opportunity and a strategic threat for Iran.

Ebrahim Raisi: A Record of Judiciary Brutality
Ebrahim Raisi: A Record of Judicial Brutality

Ebrahim Raisi, the incoming president of Iran, has sent pundits searching for information on the little-known figure in the West. A few days later, some information has emerged.