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. Blame the US for the Islamic State: The IRGC's View on Iraq Ayatollah Khamenei and commanders of the IRGC have united around the assertion that the Islamic State recently proclaimed in Iraq is an invention and tool of the U.S. and its allies. U.S. policy toward Iran and Iraq must grapple with this perception and with the propaganda it is now feeding.

  2. Map: Significant Iranian Responses to the Iraq Crisis 4-7 July 2014 Tracking Iranian responses to the Iraq Crisis

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 July 14, 2014

    Iranian officials condemn Israeli airstrikes; Rouhani administration released economic policies to spur growth and reduce inflation

  2. Iran News Round Up July 10, 2014

    Basij commander says that the U.S. is attempting to "loot" Iran's blocked assets abroad; Senior official threatens to resume 20% enrichment if nuclear demands are unmet; Iraqi official reportedly claims that the Islamic State (IS) has acquired a small quantity of radioactive material

  3. Iran News Round Up July 9, 2014

    Senior officials issue warning against Kurdish Independence; Foreign ministry denies reports claiming Iran has supplied Iraq with aricrafts