The US magazine Foreign Policy has published an extensive report titled "Iran Loses the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq."
"In less than a month, demonstrations against corruption and lack of economic reform have erupted in both Iraq and Lebanon. In both countries, unprecedented protests that have rocked Shiite towns and cities have revealed that the Iranian regime has failed to exert influence in the region."
"For Shiite communities in Iraq and Lebanon, Tehran and its agents have failed to translate military and political victories into a socio-economic vision; simply, the narrative of Iranian resistance has not put food on the table."
"Since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government and the IRGC have had a clear, long-term and detailed policy on how to export their revolution to the region, especially in predominantly Shiite countries. Iran has been very patient and flexible in implementing its policy, accepting small defeats with focus The main objective is to dominate Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. "
Today, Iran is winning the long game. An agent in Lebanon prevailed in last year's parliamentary elections. In Syria, Iran saved its ally, President Bashar al-Assad. In the past few years, Iran has gained much greater power in Baghdad through its agents, including the PMF, the Shiite militias created to fight the Islamic State.
"In its four-decade plan, Iran has ignored an important point: a socio-economic vision to maintain its base of support. While exhausting every opportunity to weave itself in state institutions in the region, the Iranian regime has failed to notice that force requires a vision for the next day. As events unfold in the region, Iran has failed to govern. Iraq and Lebanon are good examples. "
"Iran established its proxies in both countries, empowered them through funding and weapons, and helped them infiltrate state institutions. Today, state institutions in Iraq and Lebanon have one main function: Instead of protecting and serving people, they must protect and serve Iranian interests," the report said. .