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 Commends Hezbollah Attack That Killed Two Israeli Soldiers Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah’s desire for additional retaliation against Israel for the airstrike that killed an IRGC Quds Force general and several Lebanese Hezbollah senior officers puts Hezbollah in a difficult position.

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 February 26, 2015

    The IRGC Ground Forces commenced the second day of the Great Prophet 9 military exercises, which featured several new weapons systems, while senior IRGC commanders reiterated the regime's commitment to counter its enemies.

  2. Iran News Round Up February 25, 2015

    IRGC commanders tout large-scale, multi-service military exercise dubbed Great Prophet 9 conducted in the Persian Gulf; Iran dismisses allegations in the Washington Post that it is conducting secret nuclear weapons research.

  3. Iran News Round Up February 24, 2015

    The IRGC Security Command Spokesman Ali Reza Rahmani announced that the Cyber Defense Command will undergo structural changes to enhance its cyber capabilities.