February 11, 2019

IntelBrief: Iran’s Resilient Revolution  

Ayatollah Khomeini is thronged by his supporters after delivering his speech at the airport in Tehran Thursday, Feb. 1, 1979, the day of his return from 14 years of exile. (AP Photo).
  • The 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution finds the country in a stronger regional position than at any time since the 1979 revolution.
  • The Trump administration’s re-imposition of U.S. sanctions has failed to isolate Iran internationally, but it has damaged Tehran’s economy.
  • Iran’s continued compliance with and adherence to the multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement has divided the U.S. from its European allies.
  • After four decades of governing, the regime is stable, although periodic unrest signals that the popularity of the regime’s hardliners is fading.