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May 20, 2024

Iran
President’s Death in Crash Unlikely to Affect Iranian Policies

Ebrahim Raisi was more loyal to hard-line Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei than previous presidents, and whoever succeeds him is likely to be just as conservative.  

A group of Iranian women gather outside in mourning over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi carrying images of the deceased president.

May 20, 2024

Middle East Program
Virtual Media Briefing: Iran After Raisi and New ICC Charges

CFR experts discuss the implications of the death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, new International Criminal Court charges against Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leadership, and other updates from …

Play Outside the Iranian embassy in Baghdad after the deaths of Raisi and others

October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

February 9, 2023

Turkey
Turkey-Syria Earthquake Aftermath, Khamenei’s Pardon, Lula Visits Washington, and More

Turkey and Syria struggle to respond to devastating earthquakes; Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, puts forward possible pardons for thousands of protesters; and Brazilian President Luiz…

Podcast Aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Kahramanmaras

May 24, 2024

Diplomacy and International Institutions
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Threatens United States Senators

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has threatened 12 United States senators for their criticisms of his effort to arrest Israeli leaders.

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August 9, 2022

China
America’s Great Power Opportunity, With Ali Wyne

James M. Lindsay sits down with Ali Wyne, senior analyst of Global Macro-Geopolitics at Eurasia Group, to discuss great power competition and the growing rivalry between the United States and China, …

Podcast Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China February 4, 2022.

April 17, 2024

Iran
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.