The Role of the Basij in Iranian Politics

April 9, 2015

By: Saeid Golkar, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Iran Policy

Despite the relative calm apparent in Iran today, there is unmistakable evidence of political, social, and cultural ferment stirring beneath the surface. The authors of Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran—a unique group of scholars, activists, and artists—explore that unrest and its challenge to the legitimacy and stability of the present authoritarian regime. Ranging from political theory to music, from human rights law to social media, their contributions reveal the tenacious and continually evolving forces that are at work resisting the status quo. 

Chicago Council visiting fellow for the Middle East Saeid Golkar addresses paramilitaries and social control in the chapter, "The Role of the Basij in Iranian Politics."

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