How Iran's Revolutionary Guards Learned to Love the Nuclear Deal
They’re ready to profit from a more open economy.
However, limiting the economic benefits of the JCPOA would impact the domestic discourse in Iran and radically reconfigure the equation. It would encourage the IRGC and other hard-liners, who have already accused President Rouhani of giving up much of the nuclear program for a few economic benefits—a theme that is expected to dominate the presidential election in 2017.
Farhad Rezaei is a research fellow at Middle East Institute, Sakarya University, Turkey. He is the author of the forthcoming Iran’s Nuclear Program 1979-2015: A Study in Nuclear Proliferation and Rollback (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Image: IRGC commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari. Wikimedia Commons/Siamak Ebrahimi