America Abroad - Tehran Rising
Tehran Rising: Persian Power in an Unstable Region The Middle East is undergoing a seismic change. And with regimes falling or in flux, it's the Islamic Republic of Iran that stands to benefit. Tehran has friends in high places within Lebanon and Iraq, and a solid ally in Syria. So with the sands of Middle East shifting, concerns over a Persian power play are mounting.
As citizens rise up across the Middle East, they fear more than reprisals of their own rulers. Many worry that leaders from Iran are looking to capitalize on a de-stabilized Middle East. They fear Iran wants to acquire more power and influence in the region.
The balance appears to be tipping in Tehran’s favor: Iran has solid footholds in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. And it’s eyeing potential openings across the Arab world… From Riyadh to Washington, alarms are sounding.