Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engagementexamines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.
While the United States and European Union officials now actively seek a negotiated end to disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, the White House and State Department have acknowledged that military force might be a last resort, should diplomacy not pan out.
The bulk of international attention toward the Islamic Republic’s military advances focuses on its dual-use nuclear work and its ballistic missile development. Its military industries, however, are more varied.
With Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reaffirming the notion not only that export of revolution is a central pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ideology, but also that it should be undertaken militarily, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has increased in stature as a tool of Iranian foreign policy. While...
By the definition of rogue regime (or backlash state) laid out by Tony Lake, Bill Clinton’s national security advisor, Turkey most certainly is not a rogue, Russia may have become one, and Iran certainly is.
Iranian society faces not simply drug abuse and simple assaults, but also more violent crime involving firearms, explosives, or larger-scale smuggling, and that organized crime is increasing inside the Islamic Republic.