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Why Iran's hard–line governments endure

Middle East fellow Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is interviewed for a New York Times explainer on the longevity of Iran's hard-line governments — against isolation abroad, internal turmoil veering on civil war and devastating wars. “It’s not despite these crises but actually precisely because of them that the regime survives,” with each episode ending with the country’s most powerful leaders and institutions rallying behind the status quo order, and with challengers sidelined, Tabaar said. Read more at the New York Times.