Reidar Visser

Reidar Visser is a leading expert on modern Iraqi history, a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and member of the Gulf Research Unit at the University of Oslo. He holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern studies (University of Oxford). Follow his commentary at http://historiae.org/index.asp

As sanctions bite and pressure mounts on Assad, Iran steps up its involvement in Iraqi affairs. But how extensive is their influence?