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 is Still at the Negotiating Table--And Still Not Cooperating We now have nine months' worth of Iranian rhetoric and behavior as a basis for judging Tehran's intentions and perceptions. Iran's leaders have not budged in any meaningful way on the core issues.

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 December 19, 2014

    Conference held on negotiations; Defense Minister asserts missiles are off the negotiating table; IRGC Brig. Gen. states media's mission is to show the people's steadfastness against the West; Senate torture report exposes hypocrisy of US leaders; Parliament Speaker to visit Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon next week.

  2. Iran News Round Up December 18, 2014

    President calls for improved Tehran-Ankara relations; multi-service exercises to take place I the Persian Gulf next week; Chief of Staff of the Office of the Supreme Leader highlights Iran’s conventional military power; Velayati calls Sydney hostage-taking incident a vulgar plan to gain intelligence; Turkish president to visit Tehran next month.

  3. Iran News Round Up December 17, 2014

    President Rouhani praises Syria for fighting "foreign conspiracies" and terrorism; AFGS Headquarters Chief points to Saudi Arabia's increased oil production as an attempt to financially pressure Iran in the anti-ISIL fight; Parliament Speaker censures US-led coalition against ISIL; Judiciary Head calls on US to act in according with international law regarding Senate CIA torture report