Tamer Badawi is a research fellow at the Istanbul-based Al-Sharq Forum.
Tamer Badawi is a research fellow at the Istanbul-based Al-Sharq Forum, where he specializes in the political economy of the Middle East with a focus on Iran. He contributes articles to Aljazeera Arabic, among other media outlets in the region. He received an M.A. in International Relations from Central European University and a B.A. in Oriental Languages from Alexandria University.
Its economic future in question, Tehran is looking to maintain and increase its influence in Iraq by investing in schemes and projects linked with loyal paramilitary forces.
Socioeconomic changes have driven the spread of protests across Iran, particularly to provinces facing greater economic inequality.
Escalating tensions surrounding the Kurdish independence referendum are encouraging Iran to accelerate efforts to diversify trade to Iraq.
The gulf crisis could provide Iran a major opening to expand its economic, geopolitical, and diplomatic presence in the region.
Iran’s weak economic recovery eroded Rouhani’s voter base, but municipal victories for his reformist and centrist allies may help his agenda and boost chances for future electoral victories.
While the Rouhani administration tries to find the right balance of financial reforms, the banking sector challenges continue to hamper sustainable economic growth.
As sanctions ease on Iran, it hopes to expand its petrochemical exports, putting it in direct competition with Saudi Arabia over emerging markets.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is likely to hamper Rouhani’s economic reform agenda.