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Members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps attend a rally marking the annual Quds Day in Tehran on April 29.
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Describing the Trump Administration’s designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization as “a stupendously unserious move,” Professor Jason Blazakis of the Middlebury Institute called in a Washington Post op-ed for the lifting of this designation as part of ongoing negotiations aimed at constraining Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Blazakis, director of the Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism and the former director of the U.S. Department of State’s Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, coauthored the opinion essay with former State Department colleague Daniel Benjamin, now president of the American Academy in Berlin. 

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