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Khamenei Consolidates Control Amid Other Power Shifts

June 8, 2012
Mehrzad BoroujerdiSince Iran’s presidential election in 2009, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has evolved into a micromanager of Iranian politics. He curtailed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies. He turned the lights off on Iran’s reformists. He emasculated all other major…

Revolutionary Guards Soar in Parliament

September 19, 2011
Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani         This is the sixth in a series on parliamentary elections due in March 2012:          The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was established to protect domestic security, but the elite military wing has always had an implicit political…

Iran’s New Foreign Minister: Ali Akbar Salehi

January 31, 2011
Mehrzad Boroujerdi      The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is better noted for its dense, jargon-filled technical reports than for grooming future political personalities. Yet former IAEA officials have recently catapulted into the political spotlight of two pivotal countries in the…