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As Iran comes under increased pressure from geopolitical rivals regarding sanctions, oil, and the nuclear deal, it has turned to hard power to assert its regional influence and hide its nerves.
Due to reductive and harmful notions of identity, Palestinian-Americans have either had to hide their diasporic pride, or assimilate to survive. Yet, as we find out through the story of Tariq Raouf, many have now awoken to political engagement.
Whilst the main protagonists of the Iran-Iraq War have long departed, the seeds sowed by the conflict continue to have rippling effects for the region today. With Iranian soft power at unprecedented levels, what will the future hold for Iraq?