Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh is Convenor of Middle East Studies Forum at Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
Iran's leadership is consistently finding that its armed proxies in the region cannot buy the country genuine political influence.
Accusations of biological aggression is distracting the region from working together to defeat Covid-19.
The inept handling of the coronavirus crisis has reinforced the political bankruptcy of the regime in the eyes of the Iranian public.
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