Iran has taken advantage of developments like the Syrian civil war to form new alliances and expand its influence in the Middle East. Iran’s growing political power has shifted the region’s battle lines, pitting the Islamic theocracy against Western-allied Gulf states and Israel. Compared with the belligerent US response, European policy has remained less resolute. In this policy brief, experts of the European Council on Foreign Relations explain why Europe is uniquely positioned to help prevent a wider regional war. getAbstract recommends their insights to anyone following the international diplomatic – and, at times, less diplomatic – dance with Iran.
About the Authors
Julien Barnes-Dacey, Ellie Geranmayeh and Hugh Lovatt are policy fellows at the European Council on Foreign Relations.