Chatham House experts consider the current crisis between Iran and the US and the relations between the two countries going forward.
Soleimani is the product of the same historical events that have curbed popular sovereignty and democracy in the region.
Qassem Soleimani was emboldened by the US administration’s failure to respond to repeated Iranian efforts to destabilize the Persian Gulf—so much so that he felt it was safe to attack Americans directly in Iraq. President Trump, who so recently was eager to leave the Middle East, ordered the killing of Soleimani in retaliation—drawing the US back into the Middle East.
The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has exacerbated the sensitivity of oil markets to political events and brought geopolitics back into global oil prices.
Professor Paul Stevens