September 1st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Iran and Syria: America's Middle East pundits get it wrong (again)

Editor's Note: Flynt Leverett teaches international affairs at Penn State and is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.  Hillary Mann Leverett teaches at American University and is CEO of Strategic Energy and Global Analysis (STRATEGA), a political risk consultancy. They blog at The Race for Iran.

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, The Race for Iran

For over 30 years, America’s Iran “experts” and Middle East pundits have characterized virtually every significant regional and internal Iranian development as a sure-to-be-fatal blow to the Islamic Republic. Their predictions have always been wrong.  Now, unrest in Syria has brought out the usual suspects to forecast, once again, gloom and doom for Iran’s current political order.