The Latter-Day Sultan

Power and Politics in Iran

Author: Akbar Ganji
November/December
Foreign Affairs

Much of Iran's opposition and the Western media blame Iran's ills—corruption, a weak economy, the risk of a U.S. attack—on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But that analysis grossly understates the influence of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and inaccurately suggests that Iran's problems will go away when Ahmadinejad does.

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