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Title Mullahs, guards, and bonyads : an exploration of Iranian leadership dynamics / David E. Thaler [and others].

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : RAND, National Defense Research Institute, 2010.
Publication Info. 2010


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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 144 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series RAND Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Note "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, approved for public release, distribution unlimited."
Summary The Islamic Republic of Iran poses serious challenges to U.S. interests in the Middle East, and its nuclear program continues to worry, and bring condemnation and sanction from, the international community. Yet the U.S. ability to "read" the regime in Tehran and formulate appropriate policies has been handicapped by the lack of access to Iran experienced by U.S. diplomats and other citizens and by what many observers lament as the opacity of Iranian decisionmaking processes. The objective of this book is to offer a framework to help U.S. policymakers and analysts better understand existing and evolving leadership dynamics driving Iranian decisionmaking. The research herein provides not only a basic primer on the structure, institutions, and personalities of the government and other influential power centers but also a better understanding of Iranian elite behavior as a driver of Iranian policy formulation and execution. The book pays special attention to emerging fissures within the regime, competing centers of power, and the primacy of informal networks-- a particularly important yet not well understood hallmark of the Iranian system.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-144).
Contents Introduction : leadership dynamics in the Islamic Republic of Iran -- Assertiveness and caution in Iranian strategic culture -- Formal structures of the Islamic Republic -- Factionalism and the primacy of informal networks -- The nexus of domestic politics and policymaking in Iran -- Conclusion : power and politics in the Islamic Republic.
Note Print version record.
Subject Iran -- Politics and government.
Islam and politics -- Iran.
Political culture -- Iran.
Civil-military relations -- Iran.
Iran -- Military policy.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Political leadership -- Iran.
Iran -- Foreign relations.
HISTORY -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Security (National & International)
Civil-military relations. (OCoLC)fst00862889
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Islam and politics. (OCoLC)fst00979879
Military policy. (OCoLC)fst01021386
Political culture. (OCoLC)fst01069263
Political leadership. (OCoLC)fst01069363
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Iran -- government.
Iran -- internal politics.
Regions & Countries - Asia & the Middle East.
Middle East.
History & Archaeology.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Thaler, David E.
United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
Added Title Exploration of Iranian leadership dynamics
Other Form: Print version: Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2010 9780833047731 (DLC) 2009049930 (OCoLC)476836969
ISBN 9780833049308 (electronic bk.)
0833049305 (electronic bk.)
9780833047731 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0833047736 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000051333985
CHNEW 000614255
DEBBG BV043073692
DEBBG BV044142943
DEBSZ 421884053
GBVCP 1008653209
NZ1 13648810

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