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

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  1. Iran Tracker Blog The Iran Tracker Blog features the most salient news stories, analyzes the larger themes, and provides an outlook for future Iranian developments. Regular analysis will be posted here.


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

Latest Basics:
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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 March 27, 2015

    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary of State John Kerry resume direct nuclear negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland; Tehran rebukes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's incendiary remarks about Iran's regional role.

  2. Iran News Round Up March 26, 2015

    President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin censured Saudi military intervention in Yemen, while Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed for an immediate end to Saudi aggression.

  3. Iran News Round Up March 25, 2015

    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reassured the domestic audience that negotiations will not deviate from the Supreme Leader's framework, while senior nuclear negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad claimed that a P5+1 deal is within reach.