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Dr. Saeid Golkar

Postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

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The Ideological-Political Training of Iran's Basij


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Dr. Saeid Golkar
Middle East Brief 44, September 2010

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In the Summer of 2009, the Mobilized Resistance Force or Basij was thrown into the limelight when it was used by the Iranian government to crush and eventually control opposition demonstrations. In this Brief, the first of its kind, Dr. Saeid Golkar lays out in detail the Basij's ideological-political training and its evolution since 1979 as a means to better understand this crucial organization.



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