naghmeh sohrabi

Naghmeh Sohrabi
Associate Director for Research at the Crown  Center. Sohrabi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Crown Center from 2005-2007. She received her Ph.D. in history and Middle East studies from Harvard University in 2005. Her dissertation received an honorable mention from the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Sohrabi is currently under contract with Oxford University Press to publish her book on 19th century Persian travelers to Europe. She has taught courses at Harvard University, Skidmore College, and most recently at Brandeis.


The Power Struggle in Iran: A Centrist Comeback?

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Dr. Naghmeh Sohrabi
Middle East Brief 53, July 2011


In this Brief, Dr. Naghmeh Sohrabi provides a novel perspective on the current power struggle evolving in Iran between the president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, and supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and their respective factions. She highlights an important aspect of recent events that has been overlooked by most analyses of these developments: The ways in which the need to contain Ahmadinejad's efforts to expand executive powers seem to be leading to a realignment of the Supreme Leader with centrist reformist politicians--such as Hashemi Rafsanjani--who had been pushed to the sideline in the aftermath of the dramatic events that followed the 2009 election.

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