Iranian Succession and the Impact of Soleimani’s Death

Mehdi Khalaji
Content Type
Policy Brief
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
The general’s peerless domestic stature would have served a crucial mediatory role during the eventual transition to Khamenei’s successor, so his death brings significant uncertainty to that process. Following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, much attention has been focused on the foreign operations conducted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force. Yet his organization also played a major role at home, one whose future is now unclear. In particular, Soleimani himself was well positioned to be a unifying, steadying figure once Iran faced the challenge of determining a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Politics, Military Affairs, Authoritarianism, Qassem Soleimani
Political Geography
Iraq, Iran, Middle East, United States of America