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The IRGC and Regional Conflict: Temperature Rising

Nader Uskowi, Ali Alfoneh, and Alex Vatanka

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December 7, 2018

Watch a lively conversation featuring the author of the new, definitive book on the rise of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and two leading scholars of the IRGC's domestic and regional activities.

The growing regional role of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has garnered greater attention in recent years, but detailed analysis on the mechanics of this expansion is still lacking. To fill the void, senior military advisor Nader Uskowi wrote the new book Temperature Rising: Iran Revolutionary Guards and Wars in the Middle East (Rowman & Littlefield), which he completed during his time as a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. The book concentrates on the Qods Force, the IRGC branch most involved in conflicts abroad.

To mark the book’s recent launch, the Institute hosted a Policy Forum featuring Uskowi and expert commentators Ali Alfoneh and Alex Vatanka.

Nader Uskowi is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Previously, he served as the senior civilian policy advisor to U.S. Central Command, where he focused on regional military posture toward Iran and Shia militias.

Ali Alfoneh is a senior fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute, the principal Iran analyst for the Arab Weekly, and author of Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Turning Theocracy into Military Dictatorship (AEI Press, 2013).

Alex Vatanka is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, a former managing editor with Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, and a senior fellow in Middle East studies at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field. His publications include the book Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy, and American Influence (2015).