Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

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Reading Khamenei: The World View of Iran's Most Powerful Leader

Karim Sadjadpour

March 2008

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


There is perhaps no leader in the world more important to current world affairs but less known and understood than Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran. In a unique and timely new study Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour presents an in-depth political profile of Khamenei based on a careful reading of three decades' worth of his writings and speeches.