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Leaders Who Swim Against the Tide

Leaders Who Swim Against the Tide

“A voice in the desert!” was the phrase that came to mind after I interviewed Margaret Thatcher in Tehran in April 1978. The new leader of the British Conservative Party was visiting as part of a foreign policy exploratory tour that included Washington, Paris and...
Iran: A Clash of Religion and Nationalism

Iran: A Clash of Religion and Nationalism

Over the past year or so, the choice between two adjectives has developed into an important theme of the power struggle within the Khomeinist ruling elite in Tehran. The adjectives are “Iranian” and “Islamic”. Under the Pahlavi shahs who promoted a nationalist...