The Rise of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran

December 18, 2009 — Dr. Michael Connell, the director of Project Iran and a research analyst in the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval Analyses, joined us for a discussion on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its elevated role within Iran’s decision-making structure.

How has the IRGC evolved since the 1979 revolution? How has it changed from a militia created to defend the Republic from external threats to a prominent power in domestic affairs? What has been the IRGC’s role in the current domestic unrest in Iran, and how it is seeking to consolidate its influence?

Security for a New Century is a bipartisan briefing series for Congress. We meet regularly with U.S. and international policy professionals to discuss the post-Cold War and post-9/11 security environment. All discussions are off-the-record. It is not an advocacy venue. For more information, please call Mark Yarnell at (202) 224-7560 or write to [email protected].

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