And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.
Why did US intelligence fail to anticipate Iran’s Revolution? Resistance to change and reform in intelligence organizations is everywhere, and the United States is hardly immune to the problem. Yet, it is this same seemingly inconsequential inertia that also ultimately allows history to repeat itself.
IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, 23 Sept 2016
The Perks and Pitfalls of Joining China’s Security Club.
This monograph examines post-revolutionary Iran’s grand strategy by way of its ‘adjustments’ at three key inflection points, adopting Neoclassical Realism as a theoretical framework to structure the narrative. The author concludes that while Iran’s leaders have over the decades proven the capacity to both reconcile ends and means, and identify and respond to grand strategic threats and opportunities, they have ultimately yet to transcend the vicious circle of self-manufactured challenges.
How the Coming Assembly of Experts Vote Could Shape Iran’s Future
To understand the Islamic Republic, look not at its consistencies but at its adjustments.
Big Data analytics is best used to discern long-term developments, generate intelligence hypotheses, and adduce refuting facts. But Big Data should also continue to complement traditional subject-matter expertise, supported by game theory, as part of a tripartite analytical framework for strategic intelligence consisting of ‘subtext’, ‘context’ and ‘metatext’.