Kasra Aarabi is the Iran program lead at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he specializes in Iran and Shiite Islamist extremism. He is also a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He is working on a doctoral degree at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where his research focuses on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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The bloody crackdowns at universities across Iran are not being led by the usual suspects — the police, the IRGC or its Basij militia. Rather, the brutal repression is being driven by a shadowy paramilitary group almost unknown beyond Iran’s borders.