NCRI-US SPECIAL REPORT: Iran’s Uprising and the Regime’s Dilemma

Iran’s Uprising and the Regime’s Dilemma

The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) released its latest report, ‘Iran’s Uprising and the Regime’s Dilemma: A Nation Aflame for Revolution,’ on the anniversary of the momentous September 2022 uprising and its irreversible impacts. This report delves into the clerical regime’s vulnerabilities, the rising tide of Iran protests, the unity of Iran’s ethnicities and nationalities, the explosive state of society, and the impact of the MEK’s affiliated Resistance Units on the trajectory of a democratic revolution.


IRAN: A Revolution in the Making September 2022 uprising: roots, prospects, and policy imperatives First 50 days

Iran - A Revolution in the Making

On September 16, 2022, a new wave of anti-regime protests broke out in Iran. Now in its second month, the continuity of the unrest has far outlasted all previous uprisings since 2017. Very different from past uprisings, the protests are spearheaded by women and youth, and supported by all the Iranian population. Sparked by the regime’s inhuman treatment of women evident in the murder of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini, the protests rapidly transformed into a universal call for regime change and a democratic revolution.

Goals – The message of the protesters to the world is impressively unified all over Iran and is focused on the overthrow of the regime. The most universal slogan is “Death to the dictator, death to Khamenei.” Other dominant slogans all target the heart of the regime, seeking to unseat the Ayatollahs, while rejecting the past single-party rule of the Shah, as in the chant “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader [Khamenei].”


Iran: The Nuclear Talk Game Played By the Regime

Iran: The Nuclear Talk Game Played By the Regime

A New Report on Tehran’s Nuclear Negotiations Game

After one year, negotiations over the Iranian regime’s nuclear program appear to be at a standstill. One of the major sticking points is Tehran’s insistence that the United States remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). Bi-Partisan lawmakers and national security experts reject sanctions relief and IRGC’s FTO delisting.

Iran: IRGC The Machinery of Terrorism

Iran IRGC: The Machinery of Terrorism

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its extraterritorial arm, the Quds Force (IRGC-QF) continue to sponsor and fund terrorism. The fiscal year (starting March 2022) shows a 240% increase in the budget allocated to the IRGC. This is in addition to special funds directly controlled by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which would help fund terrorism by the IRGC-QF.

The report provides a compelling argument for why the IRGC belongs to the US Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list and why Tehran persistently demands its exclusion from it. The report is organized into six chapters.

IRAN-Exposing the Latest Terrorist Game Plan of the IRGC-Quds Force: Formation of Proxy Naval Units

IRAN: Formation of Proxy Naval Units

“IRAN: Exposing the Latest Terrorist Game Plan of the IRGC-Quds Force; Formation of Proxy Naval Units” details, for the first time, how Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF) has been recruiting mercenaries for newly created, armed and trained terrorist units to attack ships and maritime targets in the region. The IRGC-QF is the IRGC’s extraterritorial arm.


IRAN: IRGC's Rising Drone Threat

“IRAN: IRGC’s Rising Drone Threat; A Desperate Regime’s Ploy to Project Power, Incite War” offers a review of the most important organs of production, use and export of UAVs by the regime, and in particular the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The clerical regime has resorted to the production of weapons and equipment that can be used for terrorist and war-mongering activities intended to advance its policy of creating crises and fueling terrorism…


IRAN: Call for Justice

“IRAN: Call for Justice; The Case to Hold Ebrahim Raisi to Account” makes the case for bringing Ebrahim Raisi to justice before an international tribunal for crimes against humanity. His presidency is a litmus test for the international community: Will the West engage and deal with this genocidal regime, or stand with the Iranian people as they struggle to overthrow the theocracy, attain freedom and establish a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran…


Why Iran's 2021 Election Is Different

Why Iran’s 2021 Election Is Different: Explosive Society, Impending Boycott, Unprecedented Purge” highlights the difference between the 2021 election and all prior 12 presidential elections in Iran. While every election since 1979 has been rigged, they have served to give an appearance of democracy and republicanism to the ruling theocracy. The 2021 election is, however, vastly different, because Iran in 2021 is on the threshold of a fundamental transformation…


IRAN: The Imperative to Reimpose UN Sanctions

IRAN: The Imperative to Reimpose UN Sanctions” explores the nature of the Iran regime, its methods of advancing its doctrine of expansion, and how best to respond to the threat that it poses to Iranians, the Middle East, and the international community at large…


How Iran's Duplicitous Diplomacy, Callous Policies Cost Lives

A new 84-page report, prepared by the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US), entitled, “How Iran’s Duplicitous Diplomacy, Callous Policies Cost Lives,” was released on April 8, 2020.


Uprising Shakes Iran Regime's Foundation

This manuscript examines the nationwide uprising that erupted on November 15, 2019 and spread to over 180 cities in all 31 provinces of Iran. Although the unrest was sparked by a gasoline price hike, by as much as 300 percent, the protests rapidly expanded and changed focus, concentrating on the nature of the regime.

new cover-Iran's Emissaries of Terror

Iran's Emissaries of Terror

Iran’s Emissaries of Terror explains the extent to which Tehran’s embassies and diplomats are at the core of both the planning and execution of international terrorism targeting Iranian dissidents, as well as central to Tehran’s direct and proxy terrorism against other countries. To this end, Tehran’s embassies and consulates serve as hubs, while its diplomats act as controllers and operatives.

Just the front cover-Iran Doubles Down on Terror and Turmoil

Iran Doubles Down on Terror and Turmoil

This 66-page book examines the motivation behind the regime’s political and economic strategy by considering three areas: terrorism including in Europe and the United States, incitement of regional conflicts, and the ballistic missile threat.

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Iran Will Be Free

“Indeed, the flames of the protests cannot be extinguished and they will continue to soar without respite, indicating a constantly expanding and deepening uprising.

“The thunderous voices of rebellious youths in various cities represent the beating heart of a nation immersed in the euphoria of a free Iran…

-Maryam Rajavi

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Iran’s Ballistic Buildup

This unique manuscript surveys the regime’s missile capabilities, including the underlying organization, structure, production, and development infrastructure, as well as launch facilities and the command centers operating inside Iran.


Iran: Cyber Repression

NCRI-US’ newest publication Iran: Cyber Repression reveals information about the regime’s new wave of cyber repression, and key players involved. This book shows how a domestic mobile apps marketplace modeled after Google Play, is supervised by the IRGC to distribute spyware-enabled apps.

Currently leading the international community in state-sanctioned executions per capita, the Iranian regime is infamous for its punishment.

Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule

Iran: Where Mass Murderers Rule is an expose of the current rulers of Iran and their track record in human rights violations. The book details how 30,000 political prisoners fell victim to politicide during the summer of 1988 and showcases the most egregious political extinction of a group of people.

NCRI-US book, Iran's Nuclear Core

Iran's Nuclear Core

Iran’s Nuclear Core details how the nuclear weapons program is at the heart, and not in parallel, to the civil nuclear program of Iran. The program is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) since the beginning, and the main nuclear sites and nuclear research facilities have been hidden from the eyes of the United Nations nuclear watchdog.


Terrorist Training Camps in Iran

The book details how Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps trains foreign fighters in 15 various camps in Iran to export terrorism. The IRGC has created a large directorate within its extraterritorial arm, the Quds Force, in order to expand its training of foreign mercenaries as part of the strategy to step up its meddling abroad in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Afghanistan and elsewhere…


Presidential Elections In Iran

Presidential Elections in Iran: Changing Faces; Status Quo Policies reviews the past 11 presidential elections, demonstrating that the only criterion for qualifying as a candidate is practical and heartfelt allegiance to the Supreme Leader. An unelected vetting watchdog, the Guardian Council makes that determination.


The Rise of the IRGC Financial Empire

This manuscript examines some vital factors and trends, including the overwhelming and accelerating influence (especially since 2005) of the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This study shows how ownership of property in various spheres of the economy is gradually shifted from the population writ large towards a minority ruling elite comprised of the Supreme Leader’s office and the IRGC, using 14 powerhouses.


How Iran Fuels Syria War

This book examines how the Iranian regime has effectively engaged in the military occupation of Syria by marshaling 70,000 forces, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and mercenaries from other countries into Syria; is paying monthly salaries to over 250,000 militias and agents to prolong the conflict; divided the country into 5 zones of conflict and establishing 18 command, logistics and operations centers.

NCRI-US book, Nowruz 2016

Nowruz 2016

This book describes Iranian New Year, Nowruz celebrations at the Washington office of Iran’s parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The yearly event marks the beginning of spring. Among the speakers who have attended the NCRI-US Nowruz celebrations are Governor Tom Ridge, the first Homeland Security Secretary; the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton;  …


The 2016 Vote in Iran's Theocracy

This book examines all the relevant data about the 2016 Assembly of Experts as well as Parliamentary elections ahead of the February 26, 2016 elections date. It looks at the history of such elections since the 1979 revolution and highlights the current intensified infighting among the various factions of the Iranian regime…


A Writ of Deception and Cover-Up

Based on reliable information obtained by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) network inside Iran, a top-secret committee is in charge of drafting the answers to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Tehran’s nuclear program. Top officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) comprise the committee’s key members.


Iranian Regime's Nuclear Duplicity

International negotiators have been engaged in talks with the Iranian regime on its nuclear program since 2002.  The current approach, led by the United States as part of the so-called P5+1, is now in its final stages.  While opinions may vary as to the contents and wisdom of the deal that may be taking shape, all understand that the success of any agreement will be dependent on whether the Iranian regime can be trusted to curtail its decades-long quest for a nuclear weapon…


Countering Islamic Fundamentalism

Testimony before U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Terrorism, non-Proliferation, and Trade discussing ISIS and Islamic fundamentalism. The book contains Maryam Rajavi’s full testimony as well as the question and answer by representatives…


How Iran Regime Cheated the World

“How Iran Regime Cheated the World” deals with one of the most fundamental challenges that goes to the heart of the dispute regarding the Iranian regime’s controversial nuclear program: to ascertain with certainty that Tehran will not pursue a nuclear bomb. Such an assurance can only be obtained through specific steps taken by Tehran in response to the international community’s concerns…


Meet the NCRI

Meet the NCRI discusses what the National Council of Resistance of Iranstands for, what its platform is, what it has done so far, and why a vision for a free, democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic in Iran would serve the world peace.

Maryam Rajavi: Iran Will Be Free (2018)

Iran Will Be Free

This manuscript contains delivered keynote speech by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), June 30, 2018, during the Iranian Resistance’s grand gathering in Paris, France. Delegations from various countries including prominent politicians, members of parliaments, mayors, elected representatives, and international experts on Iran and the Middle East attended the huge event.

Mrs. Rajavi outlined what it takes to free Iran and what her movement is committed to, for achieving that goal, as well as the plan for the future of Iran.


Maryam Rajavi: Our Commitments (2020)

Our Commitments

This book includes the Speeches by Maryam Rajavi to the 3-day Free Iran Global Summit and to the plenary session of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in July 2020. This is about the people and the resistance of Iran.

The main event of the Free Iran Global Summit convened in Ashraf 3 on July 17, 2020, and was joined by Iranians from 30,000 locations in 100 countries around the world, their rallies and demonstrations, and by 1,000 dignitaries, including political leaders, parliamentarians, cultural and religious figures.


Maryam Rajavi: Freedom, Democracy and Equality

Freedom, Democracy and Equality

This book contains the speeches by Maryam Rajavi to the 3-day Free Iran World Summit 2021 at Ashraf 3 – Albania.

The Free Iran World Summit 2021 convened online from July 10 to 12 with thousands of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance participating from 50,000 locations in 105 countries. Thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) also attended the summit from Ashraf 3, in Albania.


Maryam Rajavi's Speech: Great March Toward Freedom

Great March Toward Freedom

On July 11, 2019, the Iranian Resistance’s gatherings were held for five days at Ashraf 3, the home of the Iranian Resistance in Albania. During the five-day meetings and conferences, the freedom fighters of the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) at Ashraf 3 hosted political dignitaries and international personalities as well as their countrymen and citizens from Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia.

This book has compiled the speeches made by Maryam Rajavi in the meetings and conferences held during the 2019 annual gatherings of the Iranian Resistance.



NO to Compulsory Veil

This is a selection of six speeches by Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran from 2015 to 2017 in various conferences on the topic of Islam, compulsory veil, compulsory religion and compulsory government and why anything that is forced under any pretexts is contrary to the teachings of Islam.


Tolerant Islam vs Extremism

This manuscript is a compilation of an article and excerpts from speeches by the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman who has led a relentless struggle for freedom in Iran.


Women Against Fundamentalism

Since its inception in 1979 misogyny has been the hallmark of this fundamentalist s regime. Against the regime’s backwardness, the Iranian people s resistance has been formed, with women playing a key role. This book pays tribute to the struggle of Iranian women in their steadfast struggle to bring about freedom and gender equality.

Iran Ayatollah's Hidden Hand

Iran: The Ayatollah's Hidden Hand

In this informative and well-presented volume, Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan pulls back the curtain on the regime’s propaganda franchise. He reveals the excessive investment of funding, infrastructure, and workforce frantically trying to convince Iranians and the world not to believe their own eyes and ears. After years of trying to ignore the MEK, hoping others would do the same, regime officials now seemingly cannot stop talking about how effectively the MEK’s message and organizing efforts are empowering the national uprising. Sheehan’s research makes clear that the regime is scared, knowing that there is a blueprint and a competent political organization – run at every level by women – ready to help guide Iran to a legitimate constitutional future when the regime crumbles, just as happened with the Shah.

Iran's Resurgent Resistance

Iran's Resurgent Resistance

In Iran’s Resurgent Resistance, Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, a counterterrorism scholar and leading authority on U.S. policy toward Iran, reflects on a journey made by a bipartisan delegation of senior U.S. officials deep into Iran’s resistance community and outlines how U.S. officials routinely fail to understand the Iranian regime’s nature, temperament, disposition, and designs. Sheehan reveals how Iran’s principal opposition to clerical rule has been falsely portrayed in Washington and makes the case that Iran’s dissident community is best positioned to bring about democratic change. The author challenges the false narratives peddled by Tehran’s illiberal apologists, examines the opposition’s call for a democratic future, and makes a convincing case for a more effective U.S. policy toward Iran.

DICTATORSHIP AND REVOLUTION: Iran - A Contemporary History Struan Stevenson

Dictatorship and Revolution: Iran - A Contemporary History

As the Iranian people strive to defeat the medieval religious dictatorship of the mullahs in Iran, it is evermore imperative that we do not lose sight of the larger historical perspective in which this struggle has been shaped. The Iranian political landscape and society are imbued with memories of a 120-year struggle to achieve some form of democratic governance and open society that is so often taken for granted in countries with established democratic rule. This century-long effort has at times been waged against despotic Shahs (monarchs) and now against clerics claiming absolute theocratic rule.


The Ayatollahs and the MEK

By Lincoln Bloomfield Jr.

In the 1960s, a group of student intellectuals formed to oppose the Shah of Iran and became an enemy of the clerical regime of Ayatollah Khomeini following the 1979 Revolution. U.S. officials twisted the students’ story in a misguided attempt to appease the Iranian government.


Ashraf III, Rising from the Ashes

By Struan Stevenson

This European delegation report recalls the suffering of several thousand men and women members of the Iranian democratic opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK). They were living in exile in Camp Ashraf and later Camp Liberty in Iraq. After the withdrawal of the US military, they were left at the mercy of the vicious Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his masters in Tehran. Finally, the tiny country of Albania, agreed to provide them with a safe haven in Tirana.


Self-Sacrifice: Life with the Iranian Mojahedin

By Struan Stevenson

‘There is much we can learn from Stevenson’s disturbing account of mistakes, duplicities and blunders that have led directly to the rise of ISIS and the catastrophic events that now engulf the Middle East.’ – From the Foreword by Patrick J. Kennedy Struan Stevenson served as a Conservative MEP for Scotland from 1999 to 2014. During those years he became an active supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI-MeK), despite the fact that they were at the time listed as a terrorist organisation in the UK, the European Union and the United States.


Breaking the Stalemate

U.S. policy towards Iran since the 1979 revolution has swung pendulum-like between engagement via negotiation and dialogue, and an approach marked by stronger sanctions and threats of military force. The overall picture is that of oscillation, with policy shifts driven by changes in American administrations and ideological tides, and by periods when a seemingly more moderate Iranian president takes center stage.


The Iran Threat

By Alireza Jafarzadeh

From the controversial expert who brought Iran’s nuclear program to the attention of the world in 2002 comes a searing exposé of the inner workings and plans of Iran’s mullahs. With access to dissident groups inside Iran, Alireza Jafarzadeh traces President Ahmadinejad’s radical roots and involvement in terror attacks to his impact on Iran’s weapons program…


The New Global Threat

by Mohammad Mohaddessin

This book is an affirmation of the wisdom of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. It describes, however, the dire effects of fundamentalism fed by the frenzy of the ayatollahs of Iran, beginning with Khomeini. The octopus of fundamentalism stretches its tentacles into vulnerable places from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa, from New York to Cairo…



By Lincoln Bloomfield Jr.

Lincoln Bloomfield, a former defense and foreign policy official who has served three presidents over five administrations in the Pentagon, White House and State Department, has produced a scholarly history about the MEK. The story of this group, which was formed by student intellectuals during the 1960s to oppose the Shah of Iran but became an enemy of the clerical regime of Ayatollah Khomeini after the revolution, was twisted by U.S. officials in a misguided attempt to engage and appease the Iranian government.


The Untold Story of Camp Ashraf

By Tahar Boumedra

Tahar Boumedra was Chief of the Human Rights Office of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Camp Ashraf affairs from 2009 until 2012. He was the Regional Director of Penal Reform International (PRI) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), based in Amman, Jordan…

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