war on the rocks

Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist Organization

April 10, 2019

Episode Notes:

The Trump Administration has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the state's military apparatus, as a terrorist organization. What are the opportunities the Administration seeks with the designation? Will it work?

Suzanne Maloney, Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow in the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy, joins the Warcast to discuss the extent to which the move fulfills U.S. interests regarding Iran. (~11 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:39 ] Why the IRGC has been designated and what it enables for U.S. policy
[ 3:47 ] What is the goal: policy change versus regime change
[ 6:52 ] Impact on shifting Iranian behavior
[ 9:13 ] How it impacts Iranians conscripted into a 'terrorist organization'