The old Washington adage that personnel are policy is as true in the Islamic Republic if Iran as in the United States. On September 1, 2007, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari--also known as Aziz Jafari and Ali Jafari--to be the seventh commander in chief of the IRGC (see table 1). Two days later, he promoted him to major general. Jafari immediately announced fundamental structural reform in the security apparatus of the Islamic Republic.
A selection of articles and opinion editorials examining US policy on Iran.
A selection of in-depth analysis on Iran's political and economic situation.
A selection of in-depth analytical pieces on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami will speak at La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue tomorrow. According to centre director Joseph Camilleri, Khatami's legacy was significant because he "articulated a powerful and coherent message in defence of democracy and human freedom".
Throughout his presidency, George W. Bush said the U.S. "would not tolerate" a nuclear-weapons-capable Iran. That he kept his promise was more a matter of timing than of policy. President Barack Obama will not be so lucky.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced last summer that Iran possessed 6,000 centrifuges. But the problem is no longer just enrichment. Last week the Islamic Republic launched a satellite into orbit, demonstrating an intercontinental ballistic missile capacity.