Pardis Delijani

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Honors Thesis

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The thesis covers an in-depth analysis of the internal operations of the Egyptian military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp. In light of recent rebellions in Egypt and Iran, the paper will examine how the security, economic, and political role of these two institutions has led to Egypt’s betrayal of President Mubarak, and the IRGC’s loyalty to the Iranian leadership. The role of these two institutions will be investigated using Steven Johnson’s Emergence Theory. In using Johnson’s theory, this thesis will aim to uncover the function, performance, and system of two institutions that have become autonomous within their respective state.