In addition to many recent observations of pro-US sentiment among the Iranian public,4 several polls depict a general desire for a better relationship with the United States.5 A survey conducted during the reform era in 2001 showed that 75 percent of Iranians favored the reopening of official contacts with America.6 A survey in 2009 showed that Americans are more widely liked in Iran than anywhere else in the Middle East, even compared to US allies such as India, Turkey and Egypt.7 The same survey found that "almost two-thirds of Iranians support restoring diplomatic ties with the US."8The positive perception of America and the popular desire for reestablishing the US-Iran relationship are in conflict with the official position of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).9 The IRGC's opinion of the United States is based on its ideological perception of the international world. This understanding rests on two central concepts: domination and resistance. According to IRGC indoctrination material, the world is divided between two main axes: one of domination and one of resistance.10 The domination axis consists of colonial states that have been exploiting other countries for centuries.
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