Understanding Iran

Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher: RAND Corporation

Author(s): Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D. Green

Research Area: Government; International relations

Keywords: Islamic Republic; Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; IRGC

Type: Book

Coverage: Iran


This monograph, the result of a workshop and the authors' own experience and analysis, is a concise, accessible handbook on the Islamic Republic for U.S. policymakers. As an aid to understanding current-day Iran, it synthesizes the existing analyses on the Islamic Republic and, most important, draws from non-American experts who can offer a different interpretive lens for viewing the seemingly opaque Iranian system. It offers a set of short analytic observations about the processes, institutions, networks, and actors that define Iran's politics, strategy, economic policy, and diplomacy. From these, it provides a guide for negotiating with Iran.