Khatami's First-Term Presidency: An Outsider's Assessment

  title={Khatami's First-Term Presidency: An Outsider's Assessment},
  author={Jahangir Amuzegar},
  journal={SAIS Review},
  pages={1 - 21}
T impressive landslide victory of a little-known, left-leaning, intellectual cleric named Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami in the May 1997 presidential election was widely viewed as an historic turning point in Iran’s post-revolution history. It was characterized as the harbinger of a new era, the last hope for the Islamic regime’s consolidation, and even a second revolution. This universal enthusiasm was understandable. In the aftermath of a bloody and destructive revolution, eight years of an… 
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