The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 8 marks a major turning point for Iran. For nearly 40 years, his undisguised hunger for power combined with his knack for deal making had made him the most proven kingmaker of the Islamic Republic.
The Middle East Institute has created the IranObserved project to provide daily tracking and analysis of those policies and actions of the Iranian state and its various arms that negatively impact Iran’s neighbors and the broader international community. The project aims to help policy makers and practitioners, as well as all organizations and individuals interested in the Middle East, to identify and understand the Islamic Republic’s soft power and hard power strategies, Iran’s regional proxies and support networks, and Iranian political and military leaders that shape and implement Tehran’s external actions. The reports and analysis are drawn directly from the Farsi-language press and media published inside Iran.