Iran's Influence Revolution

Proxies and Power Politics in the Middle East

After Iran’s revolution of 1979, a few concepts emerged as unshakable creed, including opposition to the United States, Israel, and a belief that armed struggle was the way forward. Meanwhile, Islamists that took power in Tehran believed that the message of the 1979 revolution was not limited to its borders. The model they created would prove to have a long shelf life and remain expedient in decades to come.

Our new animation, created in partnership with the Middle East Institute, takes you on a journey through the streets of Tehran to explore the history, ideology and goals of Iran's proxy militia tactics in the Middle East.


Anthony T. Silberfeld

Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation