Ebrahim Raisi. Iran Project
Ray Takeyh, Washington Post: Iran’s likely next supreme leader is no friend of the West
It is often suggested that the most consequential barrier to Iranian pragmatism is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Once the elderly Khamenei passes from the scene, the argument goes, his successors will embrace prevailing international norms. The sunsetting restrictions of the nuclear deal need not be of concern, for a revamped Islamist regime will find global integration too tempting to discard for the sake of nuclear arms. The only problem with such expectations is that the candidate Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards are grooming to ascend to the post of supreme leader is one of the most reactionary members of Iran’s ruling elite. Ibrahim Raisi, Iran’s probable next supreme leader, could be the only person in the Islamic Republic who could cause people to miss Khamenei.
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WNU Editor: Who knows how this process (selecting a Supreme leader) really works in Iran. But if he becomes the choice of replacing Khamenei .... things are going to get very interesting.