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  1. Update on New Construction Activity at Natanz

    Private Viewpoints October 30, 2020 This report is an update to an October 7, 2020 report on Iran’s construction of a new centrifuge assembly facility in the mountains near the Natanz enrichment plant. Newly obtained high resolution commercial satellite i ...

  2. Iranian Influence and Presence in Syria

    Private Viewpoints November 5, 2020 Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Iran has found different approaches to increase its military and security influence in Syria. The first approach was by directly working with foreign militias and rec ...

  3. The Amad Plan Pilot Uranium Conversion Site, Which Iran Denies Ever Existed

    Private Viewpoints November 10, 2020 Based on information in the Nuclear Archive, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited an Iranian site in the late summer, concerned that the site had possessed undeclared nuclear material, in particular ur ...

  4. The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC: A Major Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

    Private Viewpoints November 5, 2020 The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a major intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic, having increased its influence and broadened its authorities. Iran’s inte ...

  5. The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: What Are the Iranian Regime’s Options?

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 On Friday, November 27, 2020, at 18:17 Iranian local time, the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MDAFL) of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a press release stating that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh had been assa ...

  6. Iran: Looking Beyond the Assassination

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 Important as the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may be, it is only one part of the story. Like the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it has a major political impact and makes it even harder for the United States to neg ...

  7. Four Ways the Killing of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist Will Undercut U.S. National Security

    Private Viewpoints December 1, 2020 Last Friday, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian nuclear scientist, was shot in broad daylight in Absard, 45 miles east of Tehran, on his way to visit his in-laws. It took only hours for Iranian officials to begin poi ...

  8. Parsing Iranian Responses to the Killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi

    Private Viewpoints December 5, 2020 2020 has proven to be a tough year for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It began with the killing of its most important general and terrorist mastermind, Qassem Soleimani, and now appears to be ending with the killing of a ...

  9. Cruise Missiles Continue to Make Their Mark in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints December 5, 2020 A recent missile attack − claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement (Ansarullah) − against an oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port city of Jeddah suggests that Iran may have developed and supplied the Houthis with an im ...

  10. A History of Continuity in Iran’s Long Nuclear Program

    Private Viewpoints December 8, 2020 Iran’s interest in developing a nuclear deterrent is often attributed to the Islamic Republic, which, according to Western intelligence sources, had a structured nuclear weapons program until 2003. However, in reality, ...

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