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The End of the Age, and Irans Play for the Future

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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US Army School of Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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There are multiple layers to the strategic context in the Middle East. First, the Western mind must overcome fundamental challenges to their understanding of reality and learn to see through the lens of Irans Shia Twelver worldview. By examining how Iranian leaders interpret the events of the region through a different understanding of time, space, and purpose, blind spots emerge in the Western understanding of Iranian actions. Next, a long view of history is necessary to identify the trends that led to the present situation in the Middle East and to see how the Shia Twelver worldview interprets its place in time and space. Finally, bringing clarity to the strategic context requires an examination of the role that Russian, Chinese, and US national interests play in shaping the future of the region. Amongst the tectonic tension building in the global order, Iran holds a special place that could allow it to unleash destructive forces against US allies in the region and reshape the Middle East. It is essential for the United States to confront Iran and its military proxies. They must also create conditions that force a gap between reality, and the Shia expectations of prophetic fulfillment that are currently unfolding and point to the culmination of the age and return of the Twelfth Imam.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History

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