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. Khamenei's Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014 American strategies that rely on severe tensions within Iran’s senior leadership or that imagine that Rouhani is somehow seriously at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC on foreign, defense, or nuclear policy are likely to fail.

  2. Iranian Response to the Iraq Crisis: June 13 - July 23, 2014 Between June 13 and July 23, 2014, deployed IRGC forces and advisers, led by Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani continued their efforts to shore up ISF, protect Shi’a shrines, and coordinate activities throughout central Iraq against IS.

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 - October 31, 2014

    IRGC commander stresses importance of economic resistance; Armed Forces General Staff Commander reiterates Supreme Leader's call for "cyber operations"; Deputy foreign minister says Kobani crisis should not lead to foreign "meddling"; MP discusses recent parliament vote of no confidence for President Rouhani's Science Research and Technology minister nominee

  2. Iran News Round Up - October 30, 2014

    Senior cleric touts IRGC Quds Force Commander Soleimani's strategies in Iraq and Syria; Iraq's ambassador to US says Soleimani's "presence in Iraq is natural"; Deputy foreign minister highlights ineffective US strategies; President Rouhani reacts to parliament's vote of no confidence for Science Research and Technology nominee; Senior advisor to the Supreme Leader reinforces nuclear red lines

  3. Iran News Round Up October 29, 2014

    Senior MP says Iran in close coordination with Iraq in combating ISIL during Interview with French media outlet; Deputy foreign minister underscores success of Iraqi campaign against ISIL without Western aid; President Rouhani defends his nomination for Science Research and Technology minister in parliament address; Parliament casts vote of no confidence for Rouhani's nominee