By Kamran Bokhari
An Iranian Kurdish woman, who has joined Kurdish peshmerga fighters, takes part in a training session in a military camp in Erbil, Iraq July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Tensions between the United States and Iran are at an all-time high. Both sides are engaging in high-stakes moves to force a behavioral change in the other. Washington and Tehran both wish to avoid war, however, in such an escalatory environment, the risks of miscalculations significantly increase. Regardless of the outcome of this struggle, Iran is likely to retain its regional influence across the northern rim of the Middle East because of the chronic weakness of the Arab world.

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