Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Assuming that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei survives until you are teaching about Iran, this article will be an excellent supplement to your textbook. Create a lesson plan around it? Use it for lecture notes? Assign it?

Who will be Iran's next Supreme Leader?
The Supreme Leader is by far the most powerful man in Iran.

He is commander-in-chief of the armed forces and appoints the heads of the judiciary and the state broadcaster, as well as half of the members of the Guardian Council - the powerful body which vets candidates for presidential and parliamentary elections…

No substantial political change can happen in Iran unless it gets a green light from the Supreme Leader…

The Assembly of Experts, a council of 82 elected clerics, [is] charged with electing, supervising and even disqualifying the Supreme Leader…
Assembly of Experts meeting

Iran could have a very different future depending on which faction in the Assembly of Experts gains the upper hand in choosing the next leader…

Over past decade conservatives have gained more seats in the Assembly of Experts because all candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council, whose most influential members are chosen directly and indirectly by the Supreme Leader…

Although the Assembly of Experts has the formal role of selecting the new leader, there will be intense behind the scenes lobbying to influence their decision.

Key players are likely to be the powerful Revolutionary Guards, and the office of the current Supreme Leader.

Another important group will be the supporters of whoever holds the presidency when a new leader is chosen…

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