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Iran Tracker Blog: Near to a nuclear deal, Iran grapples with bigger headaches

As the world is focusing on the yet-again extended nuclear talks, Iranian leaders are expressing ever greater concerns about the perceived threats from ISIS and Saudi Arabia. How Tehran may respond, including deploying ground forces in Iraq, should give everyone pause.

Iran Tracker Blog: Did Iran’s leaders admit they are intellectually bankrupt?

Iran is perhaps facing its most ominous security environment since the Iran-Iraq War, yet Iranian leaders are being surprisingly open and frank about the severe challenges they face and their need to find better strategies in response.

Iran Tracker Blog: Iran in Knots Over Inspections, Interrogations, and Western Spies

The weeks leading up to the June 30 deadline for Iran’s negotiations with the P5+1 have been—and will continue to be—a flurry of leaks, accusations, and counter-accusations as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani try to sell the potential deal to skeptics within their own leadership. Case in point: whether Iran will allow inspections on military sites and interviews with scientists and military leaders.

Iran Tracker Blog: So What Did Iran Think of the GCC Summit?

It has been all smiles from the Obama administration since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit concluded last week. The summit was ostensibly convened to reassure our Arab allies that the United States would continue to back their security after a potential nuclear agreement with Iran.

Pistachio Harvest

Pistachio Harvest is a collaborative project between Norse Corporation and the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute to describe Iran's footprint in cyberspace and identify important trends in Iranian cyberattacks.This page will feature publications related to this ongoing project. For more information, please visit www.pistachioharvest.com. 

 

Iran Tracker Blog: Nuke Talk Pressure Is Getting to the Ayatollah

I have noted previously the hypersensitivity to US military pressure that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei exhibited during a May 6 speech in Tehran. Perhaps just as important in that speech—but as yet not discussed—was something unspoken: "Everyone take note of this meaning. Our negotiators also, pay [close] attention!

Iran Tracker Blog: How Far Will Obama Go in the Strait of Hormuz?

In a flashback to US operations against Iran from 1987-1988 during the Tanker War, the Navy has begun accompanying US-flagged commercial ships as they pass the through the Strait of Hormuz.

Imam Hossein University: Cyberattacks and IT Systems

Pistachio Harvest is a collaborative project between Norse Corporation and the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute to describe Iran's footprint in cyberspace and identify important trends in Iranian cyberattacks. As part of this project the Norse Intelligence Network has exposed cyberattacks and IT systems linked to Imam Hossein University (IHU), which is home to the Islamic Revolutionart Guard Corps' advanced military education programs.