Houchang Hassan-Yari is a professor of Political Science and the Special Assistant to the principal for National and International Liaison (SAPNIL) at the Royal Military College of Canada. His area of interest and teaching includes Middle East issues, geopolitics, Canadian foreign and defense policy, nuclear proliferation, and comparative politics. Hassan-Yari has prior teaching experience at Shahid Beheshti University, University of Lyon Ill, University of Montreal, and Queen’s University. He earned his BA from the University of Ferdowsi and both his MA and PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Hassan-Yari has been the author and editor of myriad publications, such as: The Iranian Crisis: the way forward NATO and Gulf Security (2009); The Artesh: Iran’s Marginalized Regular Military (2011); Transactional Analysis: An Efficient and Strategy (Iraq, Afghanistan, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iran Nuclear Programme)“, (forthcoming, with Khaled Taktek).
Masters of the Situation
The Brits really were the masters of this situation, but they were extremely weakened because of the Second World War. So since they were actively involved in the war, they become extremely weak as French forces. And that created a huge opportunity really for new powers to emerge, the US and the Soviet Union.
The Gendarme of the Persian Gulf
Iran was enough powerful to become what they are going to call it later on, the Gendarme of the Persian Gulf. So in that sense, the calm that was created in the region helped really the Iranians to enforce their military capabilities.
Iran and Oman
And the Iranian forces came to the rescue of some of pro-western regimes in the region. The most notable was the Sultanate of Oman. When that country was confronted to a leftist kind of rebellion in the Dhofar region, southwest of Oman, the Iranian regime, the Iranian government sent less than 2,000 soldiers to put down that rebellion. Oman continues today, continue to appreciate that help they got from the Iranian regime.