Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming by Ali Alfoneh

By Ali Alfoneh

Iran Unveiled, center East professional Ali Alfoneh describes the arrival rebellion of the Islamic progressive Guards Corps (IRGC), and the results this could have on local and foreign politics. As Iran studies an important switch in its heritage because the revolution of 1979 and the institution of the Islamic Republic, the regime in Tehran, commonly governed via the Shia clergy, is growing to be an army dictatorship ruled by way of the officials of the IRGC. this variation is altering not just the financial system and society in Iran, but in addition the Islamic Republic’s family with the U.S. and its allies. This booklet presents the felony, historic, ideological and armed forces frameworks for what Alfoneh believes to be an escalating and inevitable revolution in Iran.

Iran Unveiled informs and educates a person with an curiosity in Iran-US relatives and the way forward for center jap politics at a time at a time of starting to be stress in a single of the world's so much volatile yet vital political zones.

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24 It is also possible to establish the fact that the IRGC was able to prevent the attack but chose not to. S. S. embassy. But why did the IRGC not intervene in November 1979 to prevent the seizure of the embassy? S. S. 27 Therefore, wishing to avoid subjugation of the IRGC to the transitional government, the IRGC had a strong motive to topple Bazargan. S. S. representatives in Algiers on November 1, 1979. Third and most importantly, through the embassy takeover the IRGC obtained sensitive documents on secret negotiations between senior members of the transitional government, and clerical challengers to Khomeini such as Grand Ayatollah Mohammad-Kazem Shariatmadari, with American diplomats in Tehran, which the IRGC could use to discredit the challengers.

Ahmadinejad and Khamenei do not intend the IRGC’s and the Basij’s insertion into politics to be temporary. The weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, successor to Payam-e Enqelab as mouthpiece of the IRGC, addressed the apprehension of civilian politicians in a long piece meant to assuage those worried by the Guards’ new role. But far from choosing a conciliatory tone toward the critics of the Guards, Yadollah Javani, head of the political bureau of the IRGC’s Joint Command Council, explained: “In case a movement, or a party, or a group has the political or cultural potential to topple [the regime], one can’t expect the Guards to deal with it militarily.

64 This placated many IRGC commanders, but not all of them. ”65 Throughout May 1996, IRGC commanders made public statements against “liberals,” a reference to Rafsanjani and his technocratic elite. The IRGC and its allies—the paramilitary Basij and the vigilante group Ansar-e Hezbollah66—used force to back the commander’s words, attacking cinemas and universities. ”67 As the civil-military tension continued, however, the civilians won another battle. 4. A Khatami Backlash On May 23, 1997, Khatami won a landslide election.

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