The International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah) has issued the Iran Case File (ICF) for September 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 three parts main parts: Developments in Iran’s Internal Affairs, Iran-Arab Interactions, Iran’s Relations With Regional and International Powers.
During September 2023, Iran experienced several political, economic, military, social and ideological developments which are reviewed as follows: Mahsa Amini’s death anniversary amid scattered protests and tightened security measures; Iran’s tourism sector and the challenges facing it; IRGC efforts to access space continue; the systematic expulsion of Iranian university professors continues unabated and the attempts of Iran’s clerics at reforming the political trajectory.
Iran’s interactions with the Arab world witnessed a host of significant developments, particularly with Iraq, Syria and Yemen which are reviewed as follows: the implications of Iran’s rapid implementation of the Shalamcheh-Basra project, Iran’s action plan for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria: Iranian goals and Turkish objections, Houthi escalation following peace talks in Riyadh: implications and messages.
As for Iran’s foreign policy with international powers, the Iran-US prisoner swap agreement constituted a critical juncture in the course of their relations. Further, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that it has not achieved any progress regarding its agreement concluded with Iran in March 2023 while Iran is approaching the nuclear threshold.