Rasanah Issues Iran Case File for March 2022



The International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah) issued the Iran Case File (ICF) for March 2022. The file provides readers in general and researchers in particular with an in-depth analysis and overview of Iran’s variant interactions and affairs. The file is divided into three main parts: Internal Affairs, Arab Affairs, and international Affairs.

Internal Affairs is divided into four files. The Ideological File discusses the Iranian supreme leader’s denunciation of America as a manifestation of “modern ignorance,” and the latest episode in Taliban-Iran tensions. The Political File reviews the IRGC’s leaked document regarding the travel ban on  37 Rouhani government officials, and the insistence of the “hardliners” in the Iranian Parliament to   restrict internet freedom. The Economic File sheds light on the estimates of Iran’s frozen assets abroad and the extent to which  Iran could  benefit from these assets if a nuclear pact is concluded. The Military File discusses three significant developments: Iran’s missile attack on Erbil, the IRGC’s launch of the Noor-2 military satellite, and the underground drone and missile bases.

Arab Affairs is divided into four files. The first file discusses Gulf-Iran interactions, reviewing the repercussions of Assad’s visit  to the UAE on Gulf-Iran relations, Iran’s claims   about the Saudi-Kuwaiti joint Dorra gas field, and the presence of the Gulf countries at the historic Negev Summit. The second file discusses Iran-Yemen interactions, reviewing two major issues: the timing and implications of the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the Houthi initiatives and their political dimensions. The third files examines Iran-Iraq relations, analyzing in detail  four essential issues: the Iranian narrative on the ballistic missile attacks on Erbil, the Iraqi position on the attacks, the Iranian targets of the attacks as well as the implications of the Iranian attacks on Erbil. The fourth file discusses Syria-Iran interactions, shedding light on two major topics: Arab-Iran moves in the Syrian file, and Syria between Iranian activity and Israeli preparedness. 

International Affairs discusses Iranian interactions with the United States and Europe. As for Iran-US relations, four topics are discussed: the reasons for the suspension of the Vienna talks, the US sanctions on Iran’s non-nuclear activities, and the declining impact of US economic sanctions, and finally, the implications and outcomes of these developments. As for Iran-Europe relations, the file reviews the most significant interactions between the two sides: the problems in the nuclear talks in Vienna, and the release of the British-Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the UK paying its debt to Iran.

Editorial Team