SPECIAL TOPICIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
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The election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran has reignited intense debate both inside and outside of Iran about the future of the Islamic Republic. Most in the West expected a hardline candidate favored by the Supreme Leader or the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to win and the status quo to remain unchallenged. The unexpected turn of events suggests that there are still forces in Iran that wish to make meaningful reforms within the context of the current system. But even if Rouhani indeed desires to make reforms, can his government make substantive changes on issues that most concern the US, such as Iran's nuclear program and support for Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria?

HISTORICAL NETWORK
In order to gain control, Rouhani will need the help of the IRGC-CN
SWEARING IN
Can Rouhani accomplish his goals?
SECURITY ALERT
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