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Candidate Profile: Ali Akbar Velayati

Candidate Profile: Ali Akbar Velayati

For many years, Ali Akbar Velayati was known as the top man in Iranian diplomacy. He served as Iran’s foreign minister for 16 years, from 1981 until 1997, during the presidencies of Ayatollah Khamenei and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Notably, he is among those whose...
Candidate Profile: Saeed Jalili

Candidate Profile: Saeed Jalili

Saeed Jalili was almost completely unknown in Iranian politics until October 20, 2007, when he was appointed as the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, replacing Ali Larijani, after service as a diplomat in Iran’s foreign ministry. Since...
Candidate Profile: Hassan Rouhani

Candidate Profile: Hassan Rouhani

Though he has held a number of official posts in the power structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran over his lengthy political career, Hassan Rouhani has come to be seen by many of Iran’s beleaguered reformist movement as their best hope in 2013. The only...
Why Turkey Needs the Olympics

Why Turkey Needs the Olympics

Imagine yourself catching a taxi in Paris or London. On discovering you are a tourist, the driver may—or likely will not—inquire after your opinion of the city. This is small talk, and the driver invests little in your response. The experience is rather different in...