Does Soleimani’s Death Matter? Findings from a 2019 Workshop
- Michael Knights
- Content Type
- Special Report
- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- Last year’s Washington Institute forum on post-Soleimani succession suggested that the IRGC would lose a unique
coordinating capability and its most important totem once he left the scene.
Last April, The Washington Institute held a closed-door roundtable to discuss the potential impact if Qassem
Soleimani no longer commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force. Governed by the Chatham
House rule, participants discussed how succession might work in the Qods Force and what Iran would lose if
Soleimani became permanently unavailable, reaching consensus on many key issues. Now that the commander is
indeed gone, their conclusions can help policymakers navigate the stormy seas ahead, though some aspects of
his importance remain a matter of heated debate.
- Foreign Policy, Military Strategy, Conflict, Qassem Soleimani
- Political Geography
- Iraq, Iran, Middle East