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The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of IranA's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [NOOK Book]

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Both high import payments for petroleum motor fuels and concerns regarding emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are motivating interest in possible fuel substitutes. Petroleum products derived from conventional crude oil constitute more than 50 percent of end-use energy deliveries in the United States and more than 95 percent of all energy used in the U.S. transportation sector. Almost 60 percent of liquid fuels are imported. Emissions from the consumption of petroleum account for 44 percent of the nation?s CO2 ...
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The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of IranA's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

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Overview


Both high import payments for petroleum motor fuels and concerns regarding emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are motivating interest in possible fuel substitutes. Petroleum products derived from conventional crude oil constitute more than 50 percent of end-use energy deliveries in the United States and more than 95 percent of all energy used in the U.S. transportation sector. Almost 60 percent of liquid fuels are imported. Emissions from the consumption of petroleum account for 44 percent of the nation?s CO2 emissions, with approximately 33 percent of national CO2 emissions resulting from transportation-fuel use. In this report, RAND researchers assess the potential future production levels, production costs, greenhouse gases, and other environmental implications of synthetic crude oil extracted from oil sands and fuels produced via coal liquefaction relative to conventional petroleum-based transportation fuels. The findings indicate the potential cost-competitiveness of these alternative fuels and the potential trade-offs that their deployment requires between economic and environmental considerations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833046802
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 152
  • File size: 3 MB

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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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