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. Iranian Response to Regional Crisis: July 23 - August 7, 2014 A look at Iran's regional activity from July 23 to August 7, 2014.

  2. 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.

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 November 26, 2014

    IRGC Commander attributes Yemeni revolution to Islamic Republic values; Senior military advisor to the Supreme Leader reiterates assertion that ISIL is a tool used by the US and its allies; Basij Commander hopes volunteer forces (Basijis) will reach 30 million by 2015; Three Iranian border guards killed in Sistan va Baluchistan; President Rouhani's nominee for Minister of Science Research and Technology receives vote of confidence

  2. Iran News Round Up November 25, 2014

    President Rouhani states centrifuges will continue to spin; Parliament Speaker says extending nuclear negotiations is "wise"; Foreign Ministry calls for closer Tehran-Ankara cooperation on Syria; Supreme Leader's senior advisor reiterates Iran's pledge to support Palestine; Central Bank receives $2.8 billion in frozen assets

  3. Iran News Round Up November 24, 2014

    IRGC Commander says US "surrender" to regime's will is apparent; Senior official criticizes President Obama on sanctions timeline; Quds Force Commander reportedly helps lead major operation in Iraq; President Rouhani speaks with Russian counterpart; Nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 extended until July 1, 2015