In essence this is a compilation of tweets posted by Iran expert, Reza Marashi. Who is Reza Marashi? Even a brief bio of this highly intelligent and fascinating man showcases his extraordinary breadth of experience and knowledge.
Reza Marashi joined NIAC — the National Iranian American Council — in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years at the U.S. Department of State (in the
Office of Iranian Affairs) and prior to his tenure there, was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk.
Marashi is recognized globally for his expertise on Iran, and he is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters.
Social media has spewed forth a profusion of reactions and opinions in the wake of the targeted death of Soleimani. However, very few actually have specific expertise in the areas being discussed. It’s all too easy to be swept back and forth and side to side by the the tide and backwash of public opinion.
Many, like myself, have more questions than anything. We know the situation is bad but we don’t really know how bad it is or in what way it is bad. So when I stumbled upon an expert in the field, I had just enough sense and energy left to take a breath and read through his tweet thread. It was not what I expected.
What Reza Marashi has amassed along with knowledge, experience and analytical skills, is a wealth of contacts inside the US government, specifically in the Executive branch. He knows the career experts, analysts and advisers and he reached out to his many friends to see how things were going.
He then recorded, in a string of quotes, the quintessence of those conversations in this tweet thread, thereby giving us deep insight into the Trump madministration.