An Arrest in the US Shows the Islamic Republic’s Influence in the West

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The FBI recently arrested an Iranian academic for failing to register as a foreign agent in accordance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Kaveh Afrasiabi was arrested in Massachusetts and is believed to have received more than $250,000 from the Iranian regime to disseminate its propaganda in the guise of objective analysis. Iranian agent-scholars are easy to recognize: they always oppose the overthrow of the regime and they oppose any form of sanctions. They criticize the regime on occasion as a means of concealing their role as agents.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationBegin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Perspective Papers
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 8
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science


  • Iran
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Kaveh Afrasiabi
  • FBI
  • Influence
  • Modus Operandi
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Intelligence operations


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