Weeks after a United States drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, the top commander of Iran’s foreign operations and the Quds Force, U.S.-Iran tensions are coming to a halt. Iran’s limited response came in the form of a barrage of missiles fired at U.S. bases in Iraq, resulting in no Iraqi or American deaths. The missiles were seen as a face-saving act designed to avoid escalation.
Yet tensions within Iran have since escalated. Thousands came out to protest the government’s shooting down of a commercial airliner. They even called for the removal of the supreme leader. Is Iran on the verge of a revolution? Will America be dragged into another regional war? And what does China stand to benefit or lose from all of this?