There is growing discontent in Iran with the war effort in Syria and it is increasingly being expressed publicly.
Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. He is also the Iran expert of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)... and an associate with the Iran Project of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He holds a Ph.d in International Relations and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
The Iranian regime has struggled to justify to Iranians its extensive military involvement in Syria.
The dual evil of Rouhani’s neoliberal economic policies and Iran’s authoritarianism is behind the recent unrest.