Evaluation of the role of the National Security Council in the Structure of the National Security Governance of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


Institute for Strategic Studies


In national security governance, security policy-making is the duty of the
government. One of the tools of security management is governmental institutions.
According to the law, the country’s National Security Council is one of the
institutions in charge of national security policy management, which is responsible
for the internal security of the country through the security provision councils and
the relevant commissions in the provinces and cities. The purpose of this article is to
analyze, pathologize and evaluate the role of the National Security Council in the
governance structure of national security; for this purpose, the structural, functional
and legal areas of the Council and its relationship with other councils and
institutions responsible in the field of internal security have been measured. The
results of this article indicate that factors such as shortcomings in the law
determining the duties and organization of the country's security council,
composition of members and the type of their role in the council, reducing the
concept of internal security to military and law enforcement security and duty
overlapping with that of other institutions has caused this council not to be able to
play an effective role in the structure of the country's security governance as it
should; therefore, it has become more of a coordinating institution.


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