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UANI Research and Analysis

  • Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile program has long depended on external assistance from other states, particularly North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK). The DPRK has been instrumental in the development of Iran’s ballistic missile program, with Iran-DPRK missile cooperation dating back to the 1980s.

  • The Iranian-Syrian alliance stretches back over three decades, constituting one of the more enduring alliances among authoritarian regimes in the region. Officials of the Iranian regime have gone so far as to refer to Syria as "the 35th province [of Iran] and a strategic province for us."

  • Under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s velayat-e faqih (guardianship of the jurist) system of government, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the most powerful political official in Iran. Given the power vested in Ayatollah Khamenei's position, understanding his political and ideological views—"In His Own Words"—is crucial to understanding the Iranian regime’s current domestic and foreign policies.

  • UANI analyzes the presidency of Hassan Rouhani for signs that the Iranian regime is changing its dangerous and threatening behavior. Optimism in some circles has been encouraged by a change in rhetoric and tone from Rouhani and other senior regime figures. However, while the new Iranian President speaks the language of conciliation, as it stands, the regime's nuclear program and odious behavior continue.

  • The key figures pertaining to Iran's nuclear progress.

  • Overview of U.S. states that have enacted contracting legislation or divestment measures that restrict taxpayer funds from going to companies doing business with Iran. Features an interactive map.

  • Understand Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "In His Own Words" - What he has to say about Iran's nuclear program, the U.S., human rights, Syria, terrorism, and Israel.

  • Since being elected president, Hassan Rouhani has been painted as a "reformist" and a "moderate" who will reverse Iran's intransigent nuclear policy, rejuvenate Iran's relationship with the international community and the U.S., and ease the repressive political and human rights situation in the country. On the contrary, Rouhani has long-held ties to the regime and maintains a close personal relationship with the Supreme Leader, who fully vetted and pre-approved his presidential candidacy.