Revival of Persian Empire drives Iran's policies

Many empires have come and gone; all have moved on. Only Iran does not seem to learn from its past.
by Bassem Ajami

23 July 2019 | 13:24

Source: by Annahar

  • by Bassem Ajami
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 23 July 2019 | 13:24

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures after delivering a televised speech in the capital Tehran on May 20, 2017. A portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in the background. (AFP Photo)

Every now and then, an Iranian official makes overbearing claims about the revival of the ancient Persian empire. Such claims follow a pattern in Iran’s behavior that began 150 years ago.The Qajar...

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