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. Tracker

    Iran loses a key player in its Syria strategy

    The IRGC and Iran just suffered a big blow in the death of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani on October 8 in Syria. His death may disrupt Iranian efforts in Syria and possibly throughout the region.  It could also create opportunities that the U.S. and our allies could exploit.

Iran Tracker Features

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

  1. Iran is muscling up. We should push back Reports are swirling that Russia is finally delivering an advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran, although they may be premature again. The implications of that and the other items on Iran’s military shopping list need our attention fast.

  2. Translation: The Deployment of Artesh Special Forces to Syria Soldiers from Iran’s Artesh are fighting and dying in Syria. At least three members of the Artesh Special Forces were reported killed on April 11, marking the first time the Artesh has sustained casualties abroad since the Iran-Iraq War.

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 - June 23, 2016

    Iranian officials announced the arrests of separatist and terrorist groups in East Azerbaijan and Khuzestan provinces, less than a week after the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) arrested individuals connected to one of the “largest takfiri-Wahhabi terrorist plots” in Iran.

  2. Iran News Round Up - June 22, 2016

    The representative of Bahraini cleric Ayatollah Isa Qassim in Iran vowed that “the Bahraini revolution will remain peaceful” unless Qassim is “assassinated or deported.”

  3. Iran News Round Up - June 21, 2016

    Senior Iranian officials encouraged protests against the government of Bahrain and warned that its treatment of a leading Shia cleric could prompt an armed insurrection in the country.