Iran’s Regional Role in the Arab World and Iranian State-Society Relations

Author
Mahjoob Zweiri
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
Abstract
Iran’s regional role in MENA is influenced by the evolution of its state-society relations and shifts within its state institutions. This paper argues that the growing regional role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a reflection of the militarization and securitization of the Iranian political system. Conversely, frustration by segments of the Iranian population with the political system’s inability to deliver economically has increasingly manifested itself in criticism and contestation of the regime’s regional role.
Topic
Civil Society, Regional Cooperation, Authoritarianism, Militarization
Political Geography
Iran, Middle East