Saeid Golkar is assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Senior Fellow on Iran Poli... cy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
The IRGC will likely play a more active political role in Iran, which means talks with the US are unlikely to resume.
The Iranian authorities are ramping up repression. They fear mass protests now more than ever.
However, the current US maximum pressure strategy will not result in political change either.
The conservative hardliner is the most likely successor of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Khamenei wants to leave a lasting legacy behind and submitting to the US cannot be part of it.