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October 08, 2008

Iranian Dissident: It's Not Just Ahmadinejad

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Akbar Ganji (photo by Marc Gilbert)

In an analysis published in the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs, Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji cautions against focusing exclusively on Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when discussing his country's problems:

Blaming the country's main problems on Ahmadinejad not only overstates his influence; it inaccurately suggests that Iran's problems will go away when he does. More likely, especially regarding matters such as Iran's foreign policy, the situation will remain much the same as long as the structure of power that supports the supreme leader remains unchanged.

You can find more of Ganji's views in his analysis, "The Latter-Day Sultan: Power and Politics in Iran," which can be read here.

Posted by GI at October 8, 2008 11:57 AM


He is right, the problem is the vast majority of the Iranians (like me) who support President Ahmadinejad. It is called democracy.

Posted by: Kiumars at October 8, 2008 11:30 PM

Ahmadinejad is just a puppet for presidency show and that's all. Ayatollahs and IRGC members are real danger behind the scene which majority of Iranians don't support them.

to above commentator: if you say it's democracy, wouldn't iranian leaders mind if we have every opposition in next election under UN supervision and then you will see democracy, not an islamic totalitarian regime.

Posted by: Rotten Gods at October 10, 2008 03:51 AM

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