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Four Maps That Explain Iran’s Place in the Middle East

Oct. 10, 2016 The country’s geography limits its ability to project power externally.

Originally produced on Oct. 3, 2016 for Mauldin Economics, LLC

George Friedman

If you ranked the civilizations that have most affected the course of human development, Persia would be among those at the top of the list. We forget this because in recent centuries, the various states that have ruled in present-day Iran have been either weak or isolated from the rest of the world.

Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, that has changed, and there was even a short-lived moment (right before the Syrian civil war broke out) where it seemed t...

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