The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has evolved well beyond its origins as an ideological guard for the regime. Today, in addition to wielding military force, its influence extends into virtually every corner of Iranian political life and society. Wehrey et al. assess the IRGC less as a traditional military entity and more as a domestic actor, emphasizing the variety of roles it plays in Iran1s economy and political culture.

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Overview

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has evolved well beyond its origins as an ideological guard for the regime. Today, in addition to wielding military force, its influence extends into virtually every corner of Iranian political life and society. Wehrey et al. assess the IRGC less as a traditional military entity and more as a domestic actor, emphasizing the variety of roles it plays in Iran1s economy and political culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780833046208
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jerrold D. Green (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Middle East politics, sociopolitical change in developing countries, terrorism and political violence, and Mediterranean security..

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 The IRGC in Context: Iran's Security and Political Landscape 7

Ch. 3 The IRGC's Diverse Domestic Roles: Origins and Evolution 19

Ch. 4 Militarizing Civil Society: The IRGC's Indoctrination, Training, and Media Activities 35

Ch. 5 Economic Expansion: The IRGC's Business Conglomerate and Public Works 55

Ch. 6 The IRGC in Politics 77

Ch. 7 Conclusion: Toward a More Strategic Understanding of the IRGC 93

Appendixes

A Business Organizations Affiliated with the IRGC or Influenced by IRGC Personnel 99

B Current and Former IRGC Personnel 103

C Evolution of the Islamic Republic and the IRGC 109

D Provincial Map of Iran 113

E Glossary of Persian Terms 115

Bibliography 117

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