Rasanah Issues Iran Case File for May 2023



The International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah) has issued the Iran Case File (ICF) for May 2023. 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 two main parts: Internal Affairs and External Affairs (regional and international affairs).

Internal Affairs is divided into five main files. The Political File discusses the resignation of Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, reviewing the background and potential tasks of his successor Ali Akbar Ahmadian. The Economic File explores the seventh five-year development plan; its concept, terms and future feasibility and past effectiveness. The Military File sheds light on three main developments: Iran’s unveiling of its domestically-made hypersonic missile (Fattah), the test firing of the ballistic missile Khorramshahr-4 and the continuous military cooperation between Iran and Russia. The Social File discusses the Iranian shortage of physicians due to migration and physicians shifting from internal medicine to cosmetic medicine. Finally, the Ideological File explores the jurists’ warning of the absolute distrust between people and the religious establishment and the Sunni jurists’ defending of the Iranian people’s interests.

This part of the Iran Case File discusses Iran’s interactions and relations with Arab countries and the world. As for its relations with Arab countries, Iran’s ties with the Gulf states have massively progressed; new ambassadors were appointed in Riyadh and Tehran and Oman’s sultan visited Iran. As for Iran-Iraq relations, the file reviews  Iraq’s Development Road project proposal, its challenges and opportunities as well as Iran’s position on this project. With regard to Syria, the file discusses Syria’s readmission into the Arab League and Iran’s response to it. At the international level, the file sheds light on the current tug of war between Iran and the United States regarding the stalled nuclear talks and their methods to counter mutual leverage.  As for Europe, the file discusses the prisoner swap of an Iranian diplomat (jailed in Belgium) with European citizens as well as the European warning regarding Iran’s nuclear violations.

Editorial Team