Persian Posturing: Relating Religious History to Current Disputes in the Middle East

Military maneuvering and Iran are related topics. The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway that connects 40 percent of oil tanker traffic through the Persian Gulf. Since 1980, Iran has threatened to mine the waterway, but the American Navy’s Fifth Fleet patrols the region from its base in Bahrain and vows to stop threats to maritime traffic.

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Despite Foreign Threats of Regime Change, Domestic Unrest Remains Iran’s Greatest Adversity

While the government has been able to unify the country using Persian nationalism in the past, the current unrest in Iran is unlike anything it has faced before. The outside pressures it faces might prove too much to handle if domestic dissident groups continue to gain momentum.

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