"Holy Shrine Defenders" at Sayyid Zainab Mosque, Damascus
Iran’s Evolving Strategy in Eastern Syria
The Iranian model of creating and supporting proxy groups is consistent across the “Shia Crescent,” but recently Tehran has begun employing new and troubling tactics that threaten to only expand their influence.
Jul 18, 2024
  • Omar Abu Layla


Moqtada Sadr in Tehran, 2019
Sadr’s Rebranded Political Movement: The Old, the New, and a Reality Check
Given the complicated baggage that Sadr brings into Iraq’s political game, his re-entry into formal politics after a years-long hiatus will likely destabilize the internal Shia political landscape.
Jun 24, 2024
  • Mohammed Salih

In Memoriam: Dr. David Pollock, 1950-2024

David Pollock
David Pollock: A Retrospective
David’s endless optimism, insightful and entertaining anecdotes, and thoughtful comments on his colleagues’ work were all defining features of his time at The Washington Institute. His mentorship will undoubtedly continue to inspire the dozens of young professionals who worked with him, continuing his legacy.
Jan 11, 2024
  • Catherine Cleveland