Iranian Politics

Today, UANI launches the “UANI Top 10 Iran Sanctions Targets,” a new monthly product that seeks to expose and restrict the nefarious activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, both inside and outside of the country. Using primary data and intelligence, UANI experts will identify and publish a list of 10 individuals and entities for the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and other Western allies to target with sanctions.

Just as the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of the late Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force Qasem Soleimani, news broke that Israel launched an operation that killed Hamas’ deputy politburo head Saleh al-Arouri.

On December 25, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force’s Unit 2250 in Syria Razi Mousavi was killed in a targeted airstrike near Damascus. Mousavi was an experienced commander, and the grandness of his funeral was a signal as to how important he was to the Iranian system. But the infrastructure that he constructed and operated will remain.

News reports are proliferating about ongoing indirect talks between the United States and Iran, brokered by American partners in the Middle East, such as Oman. The diplomatic arrangement being contemplated would, importantly, not be a revived Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015. Attempts to resuscitate that accord failed after nearly two years of negotiations, while Iran continued the relentless escalation of its nuclear program.

On March 10, 2023, China brokered a deal to normalize relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia after Riyadh severed ties following an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran in 2016.

The Anglo-American bond is based on common interests and values. This should enable the two nations to develop a shared, robust strategy to thwart Iran’s malign activities at home and abroad.

The three leading candidates to take over as Britain’s new Prime Minister are Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, and Penny Mordaunt. What do we know about their positions on Iran, and could anything change depending on the winner?

Rishi Sunak

L to R: Mohammad Kazemi, the new head of the IRGC-IO and Hossein Taeb, his predecessor
L to R: Mohammad Kazemi, the new head of the IRGC-IO and Hossein Taeb, his predecessor

There is one man in the Iranian system who had a great deal to lose amid the multiple mysterious assassinations and expl

On Sunday, May 22, Iranian media reported the assassination of Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was a senior officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force. Khodaei was shot five times by men on a motorcycle in an unarmored Kia Pride, in what was thought to be a secure area near the Iranian parliament.

The outcome of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections revealed that the country’s citizens are largely disillusioned and apathetic, given the low voter turnout, and an active minority is angry. At 41% turnout, this suggests the majority of the Lebanese people believed the outcome of the election would be irrelevant, and that whatever the composition of the parliament, it will not be able to extricate Lebanon from its current crises.