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. Iranian Interpretation of the JCPOA: Statements from Iranian Officials Iranian officials have made numerous public statements to clarify the terms of the nuclear deal and foster public support.

  2. In Depth: The Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions Relief The Critical Threats Project of the American Enterprise Institute has set up these pages to help clarify the hyper-complex language of sanctions relief and to provide additional information about some of the entities that will be freed of international restrictions.


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 8, 2015

    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that Iran has changed the "nature" of its involvement in Syria.

  2. Iran News Round Up October 7, 2015

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out the possibility of expanded negotiations with the U.S.

  3. Iran News Round Up October 6, 2015

    The National Security and Foreign Policy (NSFP) Parliamentary Commission approved the "Proportional and Reciprocal Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [or JCPOA]." Ali Shamkhani accused the Saudis of using chemical weapons in Yemen in a meeting with members of Yemen's Supreme Revolutionary Committee.