Iran Tracker Blog: Khamenei has his own tough sell on the nuke deal

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is still holding back from fully endorsing last week’s announced Iran deal: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). His reticence is smart and to be expected. Khamenei must appear above the fray of Iran’s internal politics while in reality he is intimately involved in their orchestration.

Why They're Cheering in Tehran

Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. (Reuters).

Iran Tracker Blog

The Iran Tracker Blog is produced by American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow J. Matthew McInnis and the Critical Threats Project. The blog highlights the most salient news stories of the previous week, analyzes the larger themes, and provides an outlook for future Iranian developments. Regular analysis will be posted below.


Iran Tracker Blog: Iran Accelerates Military Enhancement

An Iranian short range "Tondar" missile is launched during a war game at an undisclosed location in Iran in this undated photo released July 6, 2011. (Reuters)

Iran Situation Report: July 2014

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Iran Situation Report: August 2014


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August 29, 2014

Key takeaway: IRGC Commander echoes the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s call to arm the resistance in the West Bank with advanced missile capabilities. Iranian officials continue to downplay gaps in Iran’s airspace, which were exploited by an alleged Israeli drone.

Iran Situation Report: September 2014


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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Key takeawayIran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary holds separate meetings with Lebanon’s prime minister and Hezbollah’s secretary general in Beirut, prior to meeting senior Syrian officials in Damascus. 

Iran Situation Report: October 2014

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october 31, 2014

Key takeaway: IRGC commander stresses the strategic importance of passive defense and resistance, while Armed Forces General Staff Commander echoes Supreme Leader's call for soft war strategies in the cyber realm.

Iran Situation Report

The Critical Threats Project has been tracking activities and announcements in Iran, with a focus on political, military, economic, and nuclear developments, as well as Iran's response to regional crises. The Situation Report provides analytical context and assessments to the aforementioned data points.