Regional Implications of Qasem Soleimani’s Killing

Key Points: 

  • In early January, Iranian military general Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by an American drone strike in Iraq. The killing of Soleimani has brought the relations between Iran and the United States to the lowest ebb in decades
  •  Iran’s overt employment of its ballistic missiles against the United States demonstrates Iran’s intent to use its conventional weapons as a strategic and political tool against its adversaries in the region.
  • Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal brought the footprints of eroding hegemony of America from Middle East. Assassination of Qasem Soleimani accelerated this in many ways.
  • It is pragmatic for Pakistan to remain neutral in the current standoff between the United States and Iran. However, Islamabad should actively engage with regional and extra-regional countries to ease up the situation in the already chaotic Middle East region.

Fahad Nabeel

Fahad Nabeel is an independent researcher, and he tweets @fahadnabeelfn

Khaqan Ahmad

has done M.Phil in International Relations from the National Defense University, Islamabad.

Maryam Raashed

Maryam Raashed is a former Research Assistant at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research. She is a graduate of International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad.

Syed Ali Hadi

Syed Ali Hadi formerly worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research.

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