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Eastern European Missile Defense: Russia's Threat Assessment and Iran

Sign for Redzikowo, Poland, proposed interceptor site for the missile defense program planned for Central Europe. (Photo by Janek B, available at Flickr).
 

Professor Stephen Blank

Strategic Studies Institute

US Army War College

The views expressed here do not represent those of the U.S. Army, Defense Department, or U.S. government.  

 

 

2009 Iranian Presidential Election Expatriate and Foreign Voting Results

Russo-Iranian Relations from Iran's Perspective

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Tehran, Iran (Photo by Presidential Press and Information Office, available at Wikimedia Commons)

Russia and the Cyber Threat

 "Hacker" in Russian. (Credit: Kara Flook / Charlie Szrom)

 

What Is Cyber Security?

Please see the glossary for an explanation of terms used in this document.

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.

In this section

He's Just Not That Into Us: The Supreme Leader's Resistance Strategy Expands
By Mehrdad Moarefian, September 2, 2014

Recent events in Iraq, Syria, and Gaza are increasing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s determination to expand the anti-American and anti-Israeli strategy he calls “resistance.”  The tide of that resistance strategy will increase hostility and tension over the coming months, regardless of US policy.

Iranian Response to Regional Crisis: July 23 - August 7, 2014

A look at Iran's regional activity from July 23 to August 7, 2014.

Iranian Response to Iraq Crisis: June 13 - July 23, 2014

Between June 13 and July 23, 2014, deployed IRGC forces and advisers, led by Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani continued their efforts to shore up ISF, protect Shi’a shrines, and coordinate activities throughout central Iraq against IS. 

Iran Situation Report
By Mehrdad Moarefian, Amir Toumaj, September 19, 2014

This daily publication provides an update on activities in Iran, especially in reference to the Iraq crisis.

Iraq Through the Eyes of Iran's IRGC
By Mehrdad Moarefian, July 7, 2014

The feasibility of cooperation with Iran in Iraq depends in part on how the IRGC sees the problem.  This post is the first in a series that will look at the Iraq crisis from the perspective of the IRGC.

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.

Khamenei's Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014
By Frederick W. Kagan, July 29, 2014

American strategies that rely on severe tensions within Iran’s senior leadership or that imagine that Rouhani is somehow seriously at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC on foreign, defense, or nuclear policy are likely to fail.  We must reckon, at least for now, with an Iran firmly under the control of the Supreme Leader whose commanders and president are pulling in the same direction—a direction inimical to U.S. interests in the region and the world.

Can a Nuclear Iran Be Contained or Deterred?


The development of an Iranian nuclear program continues apace. While Iran's true intentions are a mystery, the Bush administration's posture has been inconsistent and lackluster. The administration made little serious effort to upgrade facilities in the region or rally our allies. The absence of a clear strategy to deter Iran will give that nation a free hand in the region to pursue conventional aggression and, what is worse, a nuclear attack.

Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy toward Iranian Nuclear Development (Page 2)

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Historical Background
 

Background