Iran: Nuclear tensions rise sharply ahead of Biden optimism

Issue 1116 - 10 Dec 2020

Risk Management Report – GSN Risk Grade – D↓5

Politics: An Islamic Republic was declared in 1979 after the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Supreme Leader (Rahbar) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits at the top of the velayat-e faqih (guardianship or governance of the Islamic jurist) system, his power (in theory) checked by an elected president and parliament; conflicts between theocracy and democracy dictate much of the internal dynamic.

Want to read more?

Large article


(Access to one 801-1,200 word article)

Subscribe to Gulf States Newsletter

View subscription options

Don't have an account?

Register for access to our free content

An account also allows you to view selected free articles and set up news alerts.


Contact us

Jon Marks
Editorial director

Dominic Dudley

Harry Randle Marsh
Subscriptions and sales

Tel: +44 (0)1424 721667