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Despite holding talks with Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states to defuse tensions, Iran has continued to develop its domestic defence capabilities and to sponsor militias around the region. However, the biggest threat to the regime in Tehran appears to be from within Iran itself.
The regime’s heavy-handedness in dealing with dissenting voices continues to alienate younger Iranians and even regime stalwarts have been urging a change in approach – hardliners appear unmoved by such calls, suggesting that the gap between the regime and many ordinary Iranians is likely to continue growing.
Issue 1170 - 29 May 2023
Issue 1168 - 04 May 2023