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CAAPR.ORG January 4, 2020 0 Killing of Soleimani and other leaders of Shia militia groups in Iraq is a serious setback to Iran in the short run but will not alter the Islamic Republic’s regional strategic plans By Prasad Nallapati What has long been feared has happened.  Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Chief of the Al Quds (AQ), the external force of the Iranian Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed in an American missile hit at the Baghdad airport in the early hours of Friday (January 3, 2020) along with Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi @ Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, leader of the pro-Iran Iraqi militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH). A few hours later, six more commanders of the militia were killed in another missile attack on their car. More were picked up by the Marines. The US and Iran had so far been engaged in very restrained and low-intense military exchanges since the Trump administration withdrew from the Iranian nuclear accord, the JCPOA, three years ago.  The US had chosen not to respond in

How Russia is reading the killing of Qasem Soleimaini

Maxim A. Suchkov   January 3, 2020 ARTICLE SUMMARY Moscow weighs the implications of the elimination of one of the Middle East's most powerful men. The assassination of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, by a US airstrike at the airport in Baghdad sent shock waves across the region. In Moscow, the news raised eyebrows of policymakers and diplomats as Russia has been fighting for more than four years now in Syria alongside Iran and the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. Condemning what it called “an adventurist act,” a  Foreign Ministry statement  said, "The move by Washington is fraught with grave consequences for regional peace and stability. We regard such actions as detrimental to finding solutions to complex problems of the Middle East and rather contributing to escalation in violence."  Later, the  ministry also said , “Soleimani devotedly served the national interests of Iran.”  Russian


Mar 26, 2019 by   Ida Grundel   ,  Jacob Stenberg   The Swedish Institute —a public diplomacy organization working under the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)—has worked with digital media tools that monitor social media and other digital conversations about Sweden since 2016. The purpose of what is more commonly referred to as  social listening  is for organizations to stay updated on relevant discussions, articles and other digital posts that are relevant to, in our case, Sweden. Social listening tools garner data from the stream of open-source platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, forums such as Reddit, news sites and other platforms. There are at least three reasons for public diplomacy organizations to incorporate social listening in their work: Perceive long-term trends in the digital discussions concerning a specific country; Track conversations in real time in o