Widespread protests in Iran and reports that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's health is failing have revived speculation in the West that the Islamic Republic may be ripe for collapse – and reignited debate as to whether regime change or containment should be the primary goal of U.S. policy.
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Unrest Grows in Iran, but Is the Regime in Danger?
Ali Alfoneh: The IRGC Will "Dictate" Choice of Iran's Next Supreme Leader
Iran's Impregnable Regime
Jonathan S. Tobin: Iran's Regime Will Fall if U.S. "Keeps Pressure On"
Iranian Protests Were Not about the Price of Gas
Daniel Pipes: "Regime Change in Iran Is Inevitable"
What Are Iranians Really Protesting About?
Is Iran's Regime about to Fall?
Regime Change in Iran?
How to Support the Struggle for Iran's Soul
Will Washington Support Democracy in Iran?