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The IRGC’s recent conciliatory comments to President Rouhani show the Supreme Leader will continue to ensure regime unity on foreign policy and the nuclear negotiations. As the Iranian-backed al Houthis strengthen their control over the government in Sana’a, Tehran will be bolder in advertising its role in Yemen and more aggressive in confronting Saudi Arabia there.
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In an interview with Financial Times this week, Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim Jafari revealed China has offered to provide support for Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS. It’s unclear whether Beijing plans to follow through on this proposition, but potential Chinese-Iraqi cooperation could include weapons sales, intelligence sharing, and military training.