Iran's 2012 Parliamentary Elections: A Political Primer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2007 (Wikimedia Commons)

Iranian Regime Exerts Pressure on Green Movement

Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard after voting in the 2009 Iranian presidential election in southern Tehran (Reuters)

Ali Akbar Velayati: A Window into the Foreign Policy of Iran's Supreme Leader

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor for foreign affairs to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus on August 9, 2010. (Getty)

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Iranian Reactions to U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

President Barack Obama announced on October 21, 2011 that U.S. forces would withdraw completely from Iraq by the end of 2011. The following are reactions to this announcement by officials in the Islamic Republic and its affiliates.  



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Qods Force Terrorist Plot in the U.S.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and FBI Director Robert Mueller announce a plot was foiled involving men allegedly linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and to bomb the embassies of Saudi Arabia and Israel in Washington at a news conference October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

After the Arab Spring: Iran's Foreign Relations in the Middle East

The final arbiter of Iran's foreign policy, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Wikimedia Commons)

Al Qaeda’s Safe Haven In Iran

Iran's border with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Treasury Department yesterday identified six al Qaeda members as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.[1] These six terrorist operatives form a network that funnels money and personnel from the Gulf to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan via Iran. The head of the network, Syrian-born Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, operates from inside Iran with the full knowledge of the Iranian regime.

Iran's Strategic Offensive in Iraq

The Queens Royal Lancers on patrol in Maysan Province, Iraq, bordering Iran. (Source: Defence Image Database)

In recent months, the Iranian regime has reinvigorated its use of hard and soft power tactics in Iraq as a means to undermine the American presence in Iraq and exert greater influence over the Iraqi government’s policies. Through its actions Iran is demonstrating that it is willing and capable of both exploiting the Iraqi state and killing Americans.  

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Iran Drives Nuclear Program Forward

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addresses the Board of Governors. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Iran has long stonewalled the IAEA, the organization tasked with enforcing multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that demand a halt to Iran’s illicit nuclear activities. And this week the rogue regime continued its march: Iranian leaders announced steps to accelerate and harden their nuclear program, ignoring recent measures taken by the U.S. and UN that included multiple rounds of diplomacy and sanctions meant to change the regime’s behavior.