UN Nuclear Agency Board Censures Islamic Republic

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors has issued a resolution censuring the Islamic Republic of Iran and demanding its cooperation, including the readmittance of inspectors and the restoration of camera surveillance at nuclear sites. This resolution emerges amidst concerns about Iran’s advancing nuclear program and follows a contentious period marked by reported […]

The Biden Administration Follows in Obama’s Footsteps

On May 21, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) revealed in letters sent to the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI, that the Obama-era State Department “actively and persistently interfered” with FBI arrests of high-value Islamic Republic regime criminals in the United States between 2015 and 2016. At the time, President Obama asserted […]

International Responses to Raisi’s Death: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Co-authored with Visiting Fellow Sarah Raviani On Sunday, May 19, Islamic Republic President Ebrahim Raisi died, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a helicopter crash near the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan. This death has sparked a variety of responses around the world, ranging from teary-eyed condolences to celebrations. This piece aims to […]

Iraqi Kurdistan President Barzani Meets Islamic Republic Officials in Tehran

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani met with several senior Islamic Republic officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on May 6 and May 7. These meetings come at a time of increased strain in the relationship between the Islamic Republic and the KRG and highlight Tehran’s influence […]

Infographic: Correlation Between U.S. Policy & Islamic Republic Escalation

When the United States appeases the Islamic Republic, it hurts the Iranian people and harms American interests. Data on executions in Iran, the regime’s military expenditure, oil exports, and nuclear advancement show a clear trend.   The correlation between U.S. policy and executions in Iran.   The correlation between U.S. policy and the Islamic Republic’s […]

Iran International Journalist Attacked

The recent assault on Pouria Zeraati, a journalist for London-based Iran International, underscores the fears of many that the Islamic Republic may be escalating its campaign against anti-regime journalists and activists abroad. As the London Metropolitan Police explore the motives, suspicions of the regime’s involvement are amplified by their previous threats against many London-based anti-regime […]

Islamic Republic Proxy Attack in Northeast Jordan Kills Three U.S. Troops

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Islamic Republic proxy militia, conducted a drone attack on a U.S. base at Tower 22 of the Jordanian Defense Network, located in northeast Jordan, on January 28. This attack resulted in the deaths of three U.S. troops and injuries to 47 others. Though this is the first of these […]

Islamic Republic Cracks Down, Sentences Activists to a Combined 100+ Years in Prison

In recent weeks, the Islamic Republic sentenced numerous political dissidents to a combined 100+ years in prison. Those sentenced include several protesters detained during the Woman, Life, Freedom protests that started in 2022, as well as family members of those killed during protests. A common ideological thread that seems to connect many of those sentenced […]

Islamic Republic Proxies Attack U.S. Forces in Iraq, Syria, and the Red Sea

The Islamic Republic Navy opened 2024 by deploying the IRIS Alborz, an Alvand-class frigate, to the Red Sea via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait on January 1. This occurred one day after the United States clashed with regime-backed Houthi rebels (Ansar Allah) in the Red Sea and less than a month after the U.S. Department of […]

Improving the Proposed “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act”

Recently, Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act.” This bill aims to turn Executive Order 13558 from 2010, which established the Export Coordination Enforcement Center, into law. The bill proposes the creation of a $150 million sanctions enforcement fund within the Department of Homeland Security to bolster the […]