United Against Nuclear Iran provides detailed profiles of the most influential figures within the Iranian regime and outlines the major institutions holding power. UANI offers a comprehensive analysis of how these individuals and entities interact and shape Iran's policies and actions. Explore our resources for an in-depth understanding of the key players and institutions in Iran, crucial for comprehending the country's internal and external strategies.

Reports & Resources

Key Figures and Leaders

UANI has compiled reports on various Iranian key figures and leadership.

Iran's Malign Behavior Tracker

UANI has been monitoring the day-to-day actions of the Iranian regime to determine if Tehran is…

Who Will Be Iran's Next Supreme Leader?

Iran’s constitution provides broad guidance on the characteristics sought in candidates for the…

Corruption and Mismanagement Index

The Iranian economy has long been plagued by the regime’s endemic corruption, economic…

Dr. Ali Akbar Ahmadian: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council

The appointment of Ali Akbar Ahmadian as the new secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security…

Major General Hossein Salami: Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Major General Hossein Salami has risen through the ranks of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps …

Ali Baqeri-Kani: Deputy Foreign Minister

In September 2021, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian appointed Ali Baqeri-Kani as the…

Major General Qassem Soleimani: Former Commander of the IRGC's Quds Force.

Major General Qassem Soleimani arose from humble origins to become the commander of Iran’s elite…

Major General Mohammad Bagheri: Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces

Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri is the chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces. The chief of…

Mojtaba Khamenei: The Supreme Leader’s Gatekeeper & Guardian

Mojtaba Khamenei has emerged as an enigmatic but powerful figure in the Iranian system. Mojtaba is…

Mohammad Hejazi: Former Deputy Commander of the IRGC's Quds Force

Following the death of Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike, his deputy Esmail Qaani was appointed…

Mohammad Moghiseh: The Iranian Supreme Court’s New Hanging Judge

Mohammad Moghiseh is an Iranian judge infamous for violating defendants’ human rights and…

Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh: Deputy Commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force

Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh’s career has straddled both the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)…

Brigadier General Esmail Qaani: Commander of the IRGC's Quds Force

On January 3, 2020, the United States assassinated Major General Qasem Soleimani, who commanded the…

Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei: The New Head of Iran’s Judiciary

On July 1, 2021, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, who…

Sadegh Amoli Larijani: Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council

Sadegh Larijani’s career in Iranian politics includes a decade as head of the Judiciary (2009-2019)…

Mohammad Kawtharani: Lebanese Hezbollah's Representative in Iraq

Mohammad Hussein Kawtharani is Lebanese Hezbollah’s representative in Iraq. Kawtharani assumed…

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Minister

In August 2021, President Ebrahim Raisi proposed Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to serve as his Foreign…

Asghar Mir-Hejazi: The Supreme Leader’s Enforcer

Asghar Mir-Hejazi is one of the most influential actors in Iran’s establishment. But he flies under…

Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani: Former Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), is one of Iran’s…

Javad Oji: Islamic Republic of Iran Oil Minister

In August 2021, President Ebrahim Raisi nominated Javad Oji as his Oil Minister, one of the most…

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati: Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts and Secretary of the Guardian Council

Ahmad Jannati is a 97-year-old ayatollah and politician with close ties to both the founder of the…

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf: Speaker of Iran's Parliament

In June 2022, the Islamic Consultative Council, also known as the Majles or Parliament, elected…

Esmail Khatib: Islamic Republic of Iran Minister of Intelligence

In August 2021, the Islamic Consultative Assembly ratified President Ebrahim Raisi’s selection for…

Ahmad-Reza Radan: Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Law Enforcement Command

In January 2023, Iran’s Supreme Leader elevated Ahmad-Reza Radan as the commander of the Islamic…

Hojatoleslam Mahmoud Alavi: Former Intelligence Minister of Iran

Hojatoleslam Mahmoud Alavi’s career has spanned Iran’s armed, deep, and elected states. 

Ahmad Vahidi: Islamic Republic of Iran Minister of Interior

In August 2021, the Islamic Consultative Assembly ratified the appointment of Ahmad Vahidi, former…

Mohammad Mokhber: First Vice President of Iran

Mohammad Mokhber Dezfuli currently serves as the first vice president of Iran in President Ebrahim…

Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi: President of Iran

Ebrahim Raisi has steadily risen through the ranks of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani: Islamic Republic of Iran Minister of Defense

In August 2021, the Islamic Consultative Assembly ratified President Ebrahim Raisi’s selection for…

Hojatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani: The Supreme Leader’s Chief of Staff

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s chief of staff Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani does not receive much…

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Supreme Leader of Iran

Under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s velayat-e faqih (guardianship of the jurist) system of…

Mohammad Eslami: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director

In August 2021, President Ebrahim Raisi appointed Mohammad Eslami to serve as Director of the…

Amir Ali Hajizadeh: Commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Force

As commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF), Amir Ali…

Shahram Irani: Artesh Navy Commander

In August 2021, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Admiral Shahram Irani as the Artesh…

Abolqasem Salavati: The Judge of Death

Abolqasem (also spelled ‘Abolghassem’) Salavati is an Iranian judge infamous for violating the…

Hassan Rouhani: Former President of Iran

Hassan Rouhani has emerged victorious with 57% of the vote in the May 2017 Iranian election,…

Ali Akbar Velayati: Foreign Policy Advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader

Ali Akbar Velayati has held prominent leadership posts in the Islamic Republic since its inception…

Mohammad Jafar Montazeri: Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Iran

Mohammad Jafar Montazeri is a 75-year-old mid-ranking cleric and longtime Islamic Republic…

Khomeinism

Khomeinism is an ideology and a system of governance derived from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,…

Iran News & Blogs

(New York, N.Y.) — United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Chairman Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, and Advisory Board Member Alireza Akhondi released the following joint…

UANI Director for IRGC Research Kasra Aarabi & UANI Senior Advisor Saeid Golkar: "Forty-five years on from the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian regime is at a significant transformative…

(New York, N.Y.) — United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace released the following statement today following Meta’s decision to remove accounts belonging to the Supreme…

"Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on almost every decision in Iran, 'has humilitated (sic) every president who served under him – [Akbar Hashemi] Rafsanjani to Rouhani,' said…

"Amir-Abdollahian was a relatively last-minute addition to the schedule — a move that’s being slammed by groups like United Against Nuclear Iran."

"… The decision by the global organization to invite Mr. Amir Abdollahian to a conference that purports to be about 'rebuilding trust' has been met with a backlash from critics of the regime. In a…

UANI Policy Director Jason Brodsky quoted: "Brodsky noted that companies partnering with the WEF should be concerned that their brands will be associated with Amir-Abdollahian and Iran’s terror…

"United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), an international advocacy group opposed to the hardline regime, recently petitioned the Swiss government to deny Amir-Abdollahian a visa, citing his…

"Calls have been made for the World Economic Forum to rescind Amir-Abdollahian's invitation due to his close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Mark Wallace, CEO of United…

"Mark Wallace, the CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran, and Alireza Akhondi, a Swedish parliament member of Iranian descent, voiced their concerns on Wednesday over reports that Amir-Abdollahian is…

(New York, NY) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has been invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 15-19, according to Swiss and German media…

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…

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…

"'U.S. allies and partners like Australia need to significantly curtail the permissive environment they afford Iran’s ambassadors in their respective countries,' said Jason Brodsky, Policy…

(New York, N.Y.) — United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace issued the following statement today after the news that Oberlin College has placed Iran’s former Ambassador to…

(New York, N.Y.) — United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) released a new, comprehensive report today, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This deep, wide-ranging…

(New York, N.Y.) — With Iranian regime officials unable to stop the Women, Life, Freedom movement, Tehran is escalating its War on Women by shutting down businesses, refusing to enforce compulsory…

(New York, N.Y.) — With dissent building inside the Islamic Republic, regime leaders are signaling through key appointments that they have no intention of moderating their behavior, according to…

(New York, N.Y.) — Three years after the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, the slain terrorist leader continues to elicit…

Jannati Holds Leadership Posts With Guardian Council & Assembly Of Experts

(New York, N.Y.) — Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) announced the release…

(New York, N.Y.) – On Friday, June 18, Iranians will elect a new president to succeed incumbent Hassan Rouhani in a vote that has already been manipulated by the Iranian regime. After Iran’s…

(New York, N.Y.) – In disqualifying many prominent moderate and reformist candidates, Iran’s ruling clerics have paved the way for conservative hardliner and judiciary chief Ayatollah Ebrahim…

(New York, N.Y.) – Conservative hardline cleric and judiciary chief Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi has declared his candidacy for the Iranian presidency. Raisi is widely seen as Supreme Leader Ayatollah…

(New York, N.Y.) – For more than 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ideology central to its mission. In recent years, outright Holocaust denial has been…

(New York, N.Y.) – Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is announcing a new series of analytic profiles on officials of the Iranian regime and its broader web of partners and proxies. The…

The Iranian regime’s failures at governance are triggering an intense backlash both at home and in Iraq, where Iran serves as a key power broker. In both countries, what began as demonstrations…

If you’re considering travel to Iran, you would be wise to check on your country’s travel advisory. Regardless of nationality, the same stark warnings appear: Canadians “risk arbitrary detention…

Iran’s Aggressive & Threatening Behavior Undermine Rouhani’s So-Called Moderate Reputation

Next week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in New York City for the opening of the 73rd…

On August 6, the Trump administration took its first concrete steps toward withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by re-imposing a tranche of sanctions that had been…

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Richard Holbrooke on the Nature of the Iranian Regime

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UANI Applauds Hispasat for Ending Broadcast of Iranian…