Report Launch – Understanding Iran’s Role in the Syrian Conflict

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Iran’s role in Syria is critical not only to the course of the latter’s five-year civil war, but also to longer-term developments in the wider region. The alliance between the Syrian regime and the Iranian leadership is, on the face of it, puzzling. Nevertheless, since the civil war in Syria erupted in March 2011, Iran has been one of the key supporters of the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, and has maintained significant influence over the evolution of the conflict.

This event will formally launch the paper, detailing the findings from the research and their implications for policymakers in the UK and across Europe. 

The discussion on the report will be introduced by Eleanor Sanders, Head of the Syria Unit at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The authors of the various chapters of the report (Kamal Alam, Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Shashank Joshi, Sarah Lain, Raffaello Pantucci and Michael Stephens) will then provide a brief summary of the main findings. A Q&A session will finally take place with the audience.

This event is open to RUSI members only. To express an interest in attending please contact Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi,

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