Ministry of Revolutionary Guards

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Ministry of Revolutionary Guards
Ministry overview
Formed November 1982[1]
Dissolved August 1989[2]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Iran
Annual budget $700 million (1987)[1]
Parent department Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Ministry of Guards (Persian: وزارت سپاه‎, translit. Vezārat-e Sepāh) was a government ministry in Iran between 1982 and 1989,[3] which mainly acted as a ministry of defence dedicated to logistically supply the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[1] By having its own ministry, the Corps were able to acquire a powerful voice in the cabinet of Iran.[4] It also implied greater regulation and supervision over the Corps by placing its acquisitions and purchases under and the audit and purview of the government.[1]

It mirrored the existing parallel Ministry of National Defence[4] (the word "National" was dropped in 1984) which solely supported and addressed the administrative affairs of the Iranian Army (Artesh) during these years.[2] In 1989, it was dissolved and reintegrated into the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL),[3] in order to centralize military logistics among the Iranian Armed Forces.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Rahnema, Ali (February 20, 2013) [December 15, 2008]. "ii. Jamʿiyat-e Moʾtalefa and the Islamic Revolution". JAMʿIYAT-E MOʾTALEFA-YE ESLĀMI i. Hayʾathā-ye Moʾtalefa-ye Eslāmi 1963–79. Encyclopædia Iranica. Fasc. 5. XIV. New York City: Bibliotheca Persica Press. pp. 483–500. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Sinkaya, Bayram (2015), The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics: Elites and Shifting Relations, Routledge, pp. 55–56, ISBN 1-317-52564-7 
  3. ^ a b Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D. Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader; Lydia Hansell; Rasool Nafisi; S. R. Bohandy (2009), The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (PDF), RAND Corporation, p. 110, ISBN 978-0-8330-4620-8 
  4. ^ a b Daniel Byman; Shahram Chubin; Anoushiravan Ehteshami; Jerrold D. Green (2015), Iran's Security Policy in the Post-Revolutionary Era, RAND Corporation, p. 35, ISBN 0-8330-2971-1 
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