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2009 Iranian Presidential Election Expatriate and Foreign Voting Results

Analysis

In this section, IranTracker goes beyond the information provided in other areas of the site to present a selection of in-depth, analytical pieces that examine the most relevant issues about the Islamic Republic to present a clearer picture of what is Iran, how it works, and where it is going.

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The IRGC Command Network: Formal Structures and Informal Influence
By Will Fulton, July 18, 2013

This report examines the formal structures that comprise the IRGC’s senior leadership and the informal influence networks that dominate these structures in order to identify and describe the networks that actually control Iran’s most powerful organization.

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.

IRGC Messaging: Insight into a Revolutionary Regime
By Will Fulton, May 20, 2013

This assessment examines messaging from senior IRGC officials on issues of critical importance to U.S. national security, including: IRGC response to an attack on Iranian territory; Iran’s involvement in Syria, and; Iran’s nuclear program.

Testimony: Iran’s Global Force Projection Network: IRGC Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah
By Will Fulton, March 20, 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran is first and foremost concerned with regime preservation, and its strategic calculus and behavior are deeply influenced by this concern. It is therefore essential that Iran’s global terror campaign is considered within this context.

The Assassination of Iranian Quds Force General Hassan Shateri in Syria
By Will Fulton, February 28, 2013

On February 13, 2013, IRGC Quds Force Brigadier General Hassan Shateri was assassinated in Syria. His death is a serious blow to the Quds Force, and his very presence in northern Syria shows the depth of Iran’s involvement in that conflict.

IRGC Shows Its (True) Hand in Syria
By Will Fulton, January 14, 2013

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.

Iranian Regime Exerts Pressure on Green Movement
By Will Fulton, January 9, 2013

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.

IRGC Rank Insignia Guide
By Will Fulton, October 31, 2012

Understanding the IRGC's formal rank system is an important component of understanding the Iranian regime's power structure and its key players. This slide deck explains the rank structure of the IRGC and the relative degree of formal military authority granted to guardsmen at each rank.

IRGC Command Network: Formal Structures and Informal Influence
By Will Fulton, October 10, 2012

Understanding the IRGC is essential to understanding Iran. Whether it is Iran’s nuclear program, conflict in Syria, international terrorism, or domestic security, the IRGC is a key decision maker. This video and accompanying slide deck assess the IRGC Command Network, its structure, and cohesion.

Iranian Influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Since 2008, the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to pursue a coordinated soft-power strategy throughout its sphere of influence, using political, economic, and military tools to promote its agenda, although not always with success.