2020 has proven to be an extraordinary year for most states and Iran has proven to be no exception. Within the first week of the new year, Iran had lost one of its preeminent military strategists to a US air strike and had retaliated by launching a ballistic missile strike on US forces in Iraq – acts that would have been thought unfathomable in previous years. From the Iranian armed forces’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic to the unprecedented recognition of Israel by several Gulf states, this presentation will analyse the most salient events of the year and their near-term impacts on Iran’s defence and security apparatus.
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