Title:Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Turning Theocracy into Military Dictatorship
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Iran is currently experiencing the most important change in its history since the revolution of 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic: the regime in Tehran, traditionally ruled by the Shia clergy, is transforming into a military dictatorship dominated by the officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The rise of the IRGC is bound to challenge the interests of the United States in the Middle East and beyond.
In Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Turning Theocracy into Military Dictatorship, Ali Alfoneh uses rarely studied sources from the Persian-language press to reveal how the IRGC officers have risen to power in Iran and the impact of the Islamic Republic’s transformation into a military dictatorship. He highlights how Iran’s recent attacks against American diplomats and support for armed insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan indicate the IRGC’s increasing adventurism and risk taking.
This book is an essential study for policymakers in the United States and allied nations, who must understand the inner workings of the regime in Tehran if they are to effectively counter the threats it poses.
Ali Alfoneh is a resident fellow at AEI.