Crisis of Authority
Iran's 2009 Presidential Election
AUTHOR: Ansari, Ali M.
PUBLISHER: Chatham House
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Iran's controversial presidential election of 2009 produced a profound crisis of authority for the regime in Tehran. This book examines the political context in which the election was held and analyzes the claims of electoral fraud. It describes the consequences of the election and the resulting crisis for the country's political system. Ali Ansari also points out the wider implications of the election for Iran's relations with the outside world and for the question of its nuclear goals.
Contents1. Introduction2. The 2009 Presidential Election: The Background3. The 2009 Presidential Election Campaign4. Groundhog Day: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous5. Fallout6. Longer-Term Consequences and Policy Implications7. Conclusion
Praise for Crisis of Authority"Ali Ansari is rightly acclaimed as one of the most astute observers of modern Iraniansociety and politics. His combination of historical erudition and political savvy aboutthe labyrinthine structure of power in Iran make his observations on the June 2009contested election a must-read for anyone interested in the fate of that beleaguerednation and that pivotal event."—Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina MoghadamDirector of Iranian Studies, Stanford University
"With a precise analytical scalpel, Ali Ansari cuts through the official myths of Iran'scontroversial 2009 presidential election. This indispensable guide gets to the heart ofthe most serious political crisis faced by the Islamic Republic, and puts the vote and itsviolent aftermath into critical historical context. Revolutionary Iran will never be thesame, and Ansari—for many years among the most sophisticated observers of Iranianpolitics—tells us why.'"—Scott Peterson, author of Let the Swords Encircle Me:Iran—A Journey Behind the Headlines
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/27/2010
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, Political Science