Analysis

Assessments, publications, and commentary related to emerging situations involving Iran.

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  1. Iranian Strategy in Syria Iran has conducted an extensive, expensive, and integrated effort to keep President Bashar al Assad in power as long as possible while setting conditions to retain its ability to use Syrian territory and assets to pursue its regional interests should Assad fall.

  2. Iran's Denial and Deception at Parchin The Iranian regime’s refusal to provide the IAEA access to certain nuclear-related facilities and personnel is one element of a broader denial-and-deception campaign intended to obscure its pursuit of nuclear weapons capability.

  3. IRGC Shows Its (True) Hand in Syria Iran has been deploying training teams to Syria, drawn from some of its elite regular combat formations, similar in some respects to the advisory units the U.S. has sent to help train Iraqi and Afghan forces.

  4. Iranian Regime Exerts Pressure on Green Movement As Iran's presidential election draws near, it appears there is an effort underway to rekindle a national debate about the regime’s legitimacy, prompting a series of harsh reactions from regime officials.

  5. Quds Force Commander and Candidate: Gholamreza Baghbani A review of Brigadier General Gholamreza Baghbani's career trajectory solidifies a pattern of generational change in the IRGC QF in which former QF field operatives are pursing prominent political and advisory positions.

  6. Strait Talk with Iran The U.S. should make clear to Tehran that closing shipping lanes won't be tolerated.

Iran Tracker Features

Here are two of our lastest features, don't miss them.

  1. Opening the Door to a Bad Iranian Nuclear Deal The emerging framework for this week’s discussions over Iran’s nuclear program all but guarantees that a bad deal – one that leaves Iran marching towards a robust nuclear weapons capability and the U.S. without any meaningful assurances – is in the offing.

Basics

Introduction to the most relevant people, places, and events associated with Iran.

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  1. Backgrounder

    Islamic Republic of Iran Understand the founding and basis of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  2. Backgrounder

    Political Structures of Iran Understand the key institutions and power centers within the Iranian regime.

Iran News Round Up

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets

Latest Roundups:
  1. Iran News Round Up April 23, 2014

    IRGC weekly editorial lays out seven duties of the Corps; Judiciary head orders crackdown related to reports of prison abuse; Turkey grants permits to two sanctioned Iranian banks; Foreign Minister expresses optimism in nuclear negotiations

  2. Iran News Round Up April 22, 2014

    Lebanese Hezbollah buries senior commander while senior official declares victory in Syria; Officials report no problems in acquiring unfrozen funds under interim nuclear deal; Prison official denies reports of prisoner abuse in Evin Prison  

  3. Iran News Round Up April 21, 2014

    IRGC Commander says IRGC is aligned with Rouhani administration as long as values and revolution are preserved; Nuclear agency official says uranium dilution can be reversed in 2-3 weeks; Tribes and local Basij in southeast given greater role in border security