Giorgio Cafiero

Iran’s brand of Shiism, size, population, and conduct in the Arab states, has historically influenced UAE’s strategic thinking.

Despite the Islamic Republic’s tangible support for the Houthis and considerable influence on various aspects of the Yemeni civil war, internal and external factors curb Iran’s role in Yemen’s crisis.

Iran’s policy of “Look to the East” to strengthen relations and counterbalance the West is a familiar phenomenon.

As tensions between the Trump administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran remain high there is legitimate concern regarding the Levant’s security.

From Ankara’s perspective, Iranian cooperation in operations against the PKK is key and Turkey’s determination to work with Tehran to strangle the Kurdish group is on display.

The Trump administration’s policies towards Turkey and Iran will certainly provide Ankara and Tehran more common ground in their opposition to Washington’s policies in the region.