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 Presidential Election Tracker: Updates and Analysis AEI’s Critical Threats Project has been tracking Iranian presidential election developments closely. This page will be continually revised as the election progresses.

  2. Russian Basing in Iran is about More than ISIS Russia’s use of Iran’s Hamedan airfield may have “ended for now,” but Russo-Iranian military cooperation is far from over.

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 - January 12, 2017

    The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s spokesman claimed that U.S. officials assured Iranian representatives that the Iran Sanctions Act will not have a “practical impact” during a recent meeting of the nuclear deal’s Joint Commission.

  2. Iran News Round Up - January 11, 2017

    Iranian media outlets reported that IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior advisor to IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, will become Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq.

  3. Iran News Round Up - January 10, 2017

    Iran reportedly agreed to new measures to decrease its stockpile of enriched uranium below the 300-kilogram limit under the nuclear deal.