Iran’s Regional Influence and Illicit Arms

Iran’s regional policies are widely considered to be the product of a number of competing priorities centred around the ideology of Iran’s Islamic revolution and the perception of threats to the regime from external interests.  As a result, Iran supports and supplies a range of armed non-state actors in support of its foreign policy objectives.

The extent and impact of the security threats have been established in the recently released report by the Atlantic Council, A Guide to Illicit Iranian Weapon Transfers: The Bahrain File. The report highlights the necessity of developing transparent monitoring systems in the Gulf region for stopping illicit weapons transfers. 

This webinar examined what action can be taken to support regional and international measures to address the threats posed by illicit weapons transfers in the Gulf.  As the US administration considers re-joining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a range of confidence-building measures will be necessary in the pursuit of regional cohesion.  This webinar also explored how the EU can work with Gulf states in support of effective security measures for the region.

Read the report here