Most recent article by: Mehdi Khalaji

Iran's revolutionary leader Ali Chamenei (photo: dpa)

Iran's Electoral Strategy

All Options off the Table?

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have again hit a wall, but the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears unconcerned. Indeed, Khamenei seems convinced that neither the United States nor Israel will attack its nuclear facilities – at least not before the US presidential election in November. By Mehdi KhalajiMore

Members of the Basij militia waving anti-British flags as they storm the British embassy in Tehran (photo: dapd)

The Storming of the British Embassy in Tehran

Iran's Rattling Sabre

The West is increasing its economic pressure on Iran because it is suspicious of the Iranian nuclear programme. For its part, Iran is accusing the West of taking covert action against its nuclear and military programmes. According to Mehdi Khalaji, in this climate, Iran might become so fearful of an overt war that it starts one itselfMore

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo:

Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme Leader

The Ayatollah and the Witches

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has now made the mistake that all Iranian presidents make: he has challenged the authority of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to Mehdi Khalaji, he cannot but failMore