This book shows that the revolutionary guard has resisted professionalization on the key aspect of war decision making. It explains how the Guard was able to resist ideological dilution despite its need to adopt a rationalized and complex organizational structure.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

The Guard as Revolutionary Institution

chapter 2|26 pages

The Political Environment

chapter 3|29 pages

The Resiliency of the Revolutionary Guard

chapter 4|36 pages

The Guard’s Organizational Complexity

chapter 5|32 pages

The Guard's Political Autonomy

chapter 6|18 pages

Guard Factionalism

chapter 7|16 pages

Conclusions and Prospects