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October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

August 9, 2022

China
America’s Great Power Opportunity, With Ali Wyne

James M. Lindsay sits down with Ali Wyne, senior analyst of Global Macro-Geopolitics at Eurasia Group, to discuss great power competition and the growing rivalry between the United States and China, …

Podcast Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China February 4, 2022.

September 23, 2022

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

October 18, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
How Much Influence Does Iran Have in Iraq?

Iran has built considerable political clout in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Its wide sphere of influence could be expanding, raising domestic tensions and alarming U.S. policymaker…

September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag

June 7, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Ali: Islamic Banking is a Rapidly Growing Industry

Jawad I. Ali, a lawyer who helps corporations structure sharia-compliant finance deals, discusses the boom in Islamic banking and the industry’s future.

March 23, 2007

Turkey
A Conversation with Ali Babacan

Watch Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Babacan discuss foreign policy challenges in the Caucasus and the Middle East.

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October 1, 2012

Iran
A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian minister of foreign affairs Ali Akbar Salehi discusses Iran's nuclear program, sanctions, and the country's relationship with the United States.

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September 23, 2022

Iran
Iran’s Protests, Raisi’s UN Speech, and Nuclear Deal Talks: What to Know

The death of Mahsa Amini has sparked large-scale protests in Iran. But President Raisi’s speech at the UN General Assembly signals that the regime is not likely to soften its stance toward the Irania…

April 5, 2007

Peacekeeping
Cole: Khamenei Used British Captives to Energize Iranian Nationalism

Juan Cole, an expert on Iran, says Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the capture of British military personnel “to whip up Iranian nationalistic sentiments” to garner support for his…