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  1. Iranian Weapons Exports Will Have Lasting Effects on Regional Dynamics

    Private Viewpoints October 26, 2020 The Iranian regime’s exportation of weapons may have a larger effect on regional dynamics than its military procurement following the expiration of the UN arms embargo. Much discussion of the end of the 13-year UN arms ...

  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 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Iran’s Islamist Proxies in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints December 17, 2020 Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has built a network of proxies across the Middle East. At of beginning of 2020, Tehran had allies among more than a dozen major militias, some with their own political parties, that chal ...

  9. Reconsidering al-Qaeda-Iranian Cooperation

    Private Viewpoints February 17, 2021 Days before the presidency of Donald Trump ended, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo offered a rather chilling hypothetical: Imagine the vulnerability we’d have if Iran gave al-Qa’ida access to its satellite networks. T ...

  10. Addressing Iran's Weaponization Work Will Fortify the Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints March 9, 2021 The United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iran are again on a collision course, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seeks answers from Tehran on three sites in the country where undeclared nuclear weapons resear ...

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