6 February 2007
Iran - Ahmadi-Nejad's Tumultuous Presidency
This briefing assesses Ahmadinejad’s domestic troubles, dramatized by recent electoral setbacks and increased criticism of his foreign policy performance from elite portions of society. It examines the president's role and powers, his relationship toward the Supreme Leader and the political instrument of cronyism charges. It outlines the limits of economic populism as the failure to achieve the president's economic program has weakened him. Additionally, his international behavior and concern about potential isolation from the world community are emboldening political rivals.
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