Who Is Ali Khamenei?

The Worldview of Iran’s Supreme Leader

Author: Akbar Ganji
September/October 2013
Foreign Affairs

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In June, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rouhani ran as a reform candidate, and many have interpreted his victory as a harbinger of a possible liberalization or rationalization of Iranian domestic and foreign policy. But the dominant figure in Iranian politics is not the president but rather the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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