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The Moscow-Tehran Axis Is a Coalition of the Weak

Iran’s economy remains inefficient and inadequate, and Russia’s is in even worse shape. To push both countries back, the only thing America needs is the will to do so.

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Shanghai on May 21, 2014. ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images.

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Shanghai on May 21, 2014. ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images.

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Sept. 25 2017
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Frederick W. Kagan is the Christopher DeMuth scholar and director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute.


Iran’s economy remains inefficient and inadequate, and Russia’s is in even worse shape. To push both countries back, the only thing America needs is the will to do so.

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