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What US policymakers can learn about Iran from the life and death of Rafsanjani

Weinstein, Adam (2017) What US policymakers can learn about Iran from the life and death of Rafsanjani. Middle East Centre Blog (11 Jan 2017). Website.

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Abstract

On the eve of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s death, he was no longer a hardliner. But he wasn’t a reformist either. Many Western newspapers described him as ‘Iran’s ex-president’ in their elegies of him but his legacy dwarfs that characterisation. US policymakers should study both his life and the reaction to his death to understand the complexities of the Iranian nezam or system. At varying times and depending who you ask, Rafsanjani was a kingmaker, villain and tragic hero within that system. In his 2007 book, Iran: A People Interrupted, Professor Hamid Dabashi, a proponent of the revolution but critic of the resulting system described Rafsanjani as matching ‘Henry Kissinger’s politically criminal mind and Thatcher’s insidious statesmanship.’

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE Middle East Centre Blog
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 07:41
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 23:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/79258

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