President Rouhani and the IRGC

Author
Mehdi Khalaji
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
Although President Rouhani has persuaded the Supreme Leader to adjust the IRGC's economic functions, he has not challenged its role in shaping Iran's nuclear policy. President Hassan Rouhani's relationship with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a central dynamic in the country's politics and economy. As always, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ultimately determines the roles of the president and the IRGC, so Rouhani has sought to pursue his economic imperatives without crossing the Supreme Leader or the military elite on the nuclear issue.
Topic
Security, Religion, Nuclear Power
Political Geography
Iran, Middle East