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Kasra Aarabi

Kasra Aarabi

Kasra Aarabi is director of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) research at United Against Nuclear Iran. 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, where his research focuses on the IRGC.

Latest from Kasra Aarabi

Iran’s Dissenting Voices Are Being Targeted Online

Iran’s Dissenting Voices Are Being Targeted Online

Over the past few decades, the Iranian regime has developed both well-known cyberwarfare units — such as “Charming Kitten” — and more shadowy entities for psychological operations. While the former have received plenty of international attention, the latter have largely operated under the radar.

Saeid Golkar,
Kasra Aarabi
A Shadowy Paramilitary Group Leads the Bloody Crackdown on Iran’s College Campuses

A Shadowy Paramilitary Group Leads the Bloody Crackdown on Iran’s College Campuses

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.

Saeid Golkar,
Kasra Aarabi
Iran’s Failure to Suppress Valentine’s Day

Iran’s Failure to Suppress Valentine’s Day

Attempts have even been made to co-opt the celebration of love and Islamicize it. The regime has tried to replace Valentine’s Day with the wedding day of Imam Ali, the first divinely ordained Shia Imam, and Fatimah, the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, but this attempt has not yet caught on.

Kasra Aarabi,
Jemima Shelley