Iran has paid a heavy price to prop up the Assad regime. It's finally paying off.
Ariane Tabatabai is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Security Studies at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, where she was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in 2013-14 and an Associate in 2014-15.
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