by Frederick W. Kagan
American Enterprise Institute
July 30, 2014
The recent crisis in Iraq and nuclear negotiations in Geneva have opened a fascinating window into the efforts of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to bring rival groups within his government together behind a single set of policies. The Supreme Leader has worked hard to build a relationship with President Hassan Rouhani and to mediate tensions between Rouhani and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps senior leaders. American strategies that rely on Rouhani being at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC are likely to fail. We must reckon, at least for now, with an Iran firmly under the control of the Supreme Leader whose commanders and president are pulling in the same direction – a direction inimical to U.S. interests in the region and the world.

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