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