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Mehdi Khalaji

Mehdi Khalaji

Mehdi Khalaji is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, focusing on the politics of Iran and Shi'ite groups in the Middle East. A Shi'ite theologian by training, he has also served on the editorial boards of two prominent Iranian periodicals and produced for the BBC as well as the US government's Persian news service.

Déjà Vu in Cairo

I arrived at the hotel at 4:30 p.m. I left my baggage in the room, picked up the map and …

The Clerics vs. Modernity

Militarizing the Cultural Arena In a speech in 2003 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that “More than Iran’s enemies need artillery, …

The Future of the Marjayia

The current form of religious leadership over the Shi’ite community, marjayia, was founded in the 1830s when Mohammed Hassan Najafi …

No Nuclear Compromise

A specter is haunting the Middle East: The specter of the nuclear bomb. Iran’s potential nuclear capability worries Middle Eastern …

Supreme Succession

Born on 16 July, 1939, Khamenei was a noticeably young politician when he took the office of supreme leader in …

Influence Curtailed

Democracy in the Arab world stands to strip Iran of its power Iranian leaders have tried to portray the Arab …