What’s Next for Iran?

| Steven Ward
Steven Ward
Former Senior Analyst, CIA

The U.S. has decided to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia after an attack on an oil facility that seriously impacted the country’s oil production capabilities.  This comes as U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called out last weekend’s attack as evidence of a “dramatic escalation of Iranian aggression”.

President Trump announced further sanctions on Iran’s central bank and its sovereign wealth fund  as a result of the attack, but has ruled out direct military action for now.

So the question is, how is Iran – already struggling under previous sanctions – likely to respond to the latest developments?

The Cipher Brief tapped former Senior CIA Officer Steven R. Ward who specializes in Iran and the surrounding region, for a look at what’s likely ahead. 


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The Author is Steven Ward

Steven R. Ward is a retired intelligence officer and former member of CIA’s senior analytic service who specializes in Iran and the surrounding region. A retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel and graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, he currently is a contract historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint History Office. Between 2010 and 2012, he was a CIA Visiting Professor to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. From 2005 to 2006 he served as the Deputy... Read More

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