Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads: An Exploration of Iranian Leadership Dynamics

20 01 2010

URL: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG878/
Source: RAND Corporation

This report notes that the Islamic Republic of Iran poses serious challenges to U.S. interests in the Middle East, and its nuclear program continues to worry the international community. The presidential election of June 2009 that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power and led to broad protests and a government crackdown presents yet another cause for U.S. concern. Yet the U.S. ability to “read” the Iranian regime and formulate appropriate policies has been handicapped by both a lack of access to the country and the opacity of decision making in Tehran.

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