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. Iran Tracker Blog: Iran Doubts Obama's Ability to Deliver a Deal but Reaffirms Commitment to Getting Sanctions Lifted Tehran expressed doubts that President Obama can deliver on any deal he commits to, but remains committed to negotiations narrowly restricted to the nuclear program and lifting of sanctions.

  2. Iran Tracker Blog This blog series analyzes the most important Iran news events of the past week and provides an outlook of the regime's strategic calculus.

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 23, 2015

    Bi-lateral US-Iran nuclear talks take place in Zurich; Oil Minister Zanganeh announces that construction of oil refineries will continue despite falling oil prices; Criticism of nuclear negotiating team continues.

  2. Iran News Round Up January 22, 2015

    Foreign Ministry implores Yemeni parties and movements to honor September peace agreement; Former Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi receives five year sentence for corruption charges; IRGC Brigadier General Majid Mir Ahmadi says Hezbollah's response to Israel's January 18 airstrike will be "hard" and "painful."

  3. Iran News Round Up January 21, 2015

    Officials threaten Israel after death of IRGC general and Lebanese Hezbollah; President Rouhani condemns both terrorism and religious satire; Iran pressures Russia to deliver S-300 missiles; Foreign Minister Zarif meets with Afghan counterpart.