Iran's Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities by Keith Crane

By Keith Crane

Iran is without doubt one of the most crucial U.S. overseas coverage matters yet is very tricky to interact. The authors verify present political, ethnic, demographic, and monetary tendencies and vulnerabilities in Iran, then provide tips about U.S. regulations that may foster the tendencies important to U.S. pursuits. even if, if those developments do take root in Iran, seeing them come to fruition will take time and, consequently, persistence.

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Mojahedin-e-Khalq The Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), also known as the National Council of Resistance, is a militant organization that aims to overthrow the Iranian government. S. government and the European Union have designated MEK as a terrorist organization. Formed in the early 1960s, the MEK initially sought to topple the shah and attack his Western support network. S. S. S. hostages but soon thereafter became a target of the clerics. Thousands of MEK supporters were killed, and the leaders of the group fled to Paris in 1981.

While defense against attack from a hostile power remains the state’s most important national security concern, the primary activity of the IRGC and militias is to maintain internal control. The IRGC serves the office of the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Revolution. Its primary mission is to protect the Supreme Leader and the system of velayat-e-faqih against external and internal enemies. This mission is more important than protecting the territorial integrity of Iran. During a crisis, these forces may be deployed internally for as long as the Supreme Leader deems necessary.

28 Iran’s Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities the key to destabilizing or overthrowing the Iranian government. The MEK leadership also argues that the group should no longer be classified as a terrorist organization; Maryam Rajavi, the coleader of MEK, has stated that the group is now committed to democracy and free elections. Charges former members have made against the group call Rajavi’s statement into question. S. goals of promoting stability and democracy in the region. Religious Intellectuals Among Iran’s religious intellectuals, Dr.

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