US National Security Strategy Reiterates Position on Iran, but Lacks Detail

On Monday, US President Donald Trump presented his administration’s first National Security Strategy, a 68-page general overview of the approach that the White House intends to take in guarding against major threats to the American homeland. Initial reactions to the document suggest that there is little surprise about it contents.

Uncertain Aftermath of Presentation on Iran's Regional Interventions

On Friday, the international media began to report upon the reactions of various world leaders and policy analysts to the previous day’s presentation of declassified information related to Iranian interventions into areas of regional conflict. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, spoke in Washington on Thursday in order to present policymakers with evidence that Iran has been funneling weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, among other non-state actors across the Middle East.

Policymakers Agree About Iran's Imperialist Ambitions, but Not How to Confront Them

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an editorial by Thomas Friedman in which he highlighted the growing “obsession” with Iranian power-projection among regional adversaries and the United States, as well as other states with active interests in the Middle East. A number of other recent articles have similarly emphasized that there is growing international cooperation against Iran’s imperialism.

In Aftermath of Former Yemeni President's Death, More Forces Line up Against Iran

On Tuesday, a day after former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in an attack on his vehicle outside the capital of Sanaa, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps publicly celebrated his death, suggesting that an international conspiracy against Iran-backed forced had been “nipped in the bud” as a result. General Mohammad Ali Jafari specifically pointed his finger at Saudi Arabia, which is at the head of a coalition of Arab states fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen and, by extension, against Iranian influence in the region. According to the Associated Press, Jafari accused the Saudis of operating on behalf of the United States and Israel in this respect, adding that all three have an “important role in creating insecurity”.

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