Produced by the BBC Persian Service, Ahmadinejad, the Populist and the Pariah looks at the rise of Ahmadinejad and explains how this provincial politician with a PhD in traffic management became a personality to be reckoned with.
Since his election in 2005, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has become the most well-known Iranian since the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. He’s challenged his country’s Supreme Leader and goaded the United States, earning him both admiration and loathing. He cannot run for re-election in June 2013 but he’s seeking to continue his influence by backing a candidate whose outspoken comments defy the conservatives who have dominated Iran since the 1979 Revolution.
In this film you would hear from:
Stephen Hadley (Former United States National Security Advisor)
Ryan Crocker (Former US Ambassador to Iraq)
Hossein Mousavian (Advisor to Iranian Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council)
Mohammad-Reza Jalaeipour (Iranian Reformist Political Activist)
Yuval Steinitz, (Israeli Minister of Inteligence)
Joe Tindell (British Sailor, captured in Iran)
Farhad Jafari (Author / Supporter of Ahmadinejad)
Hasan Sarbakhshian (Photographer)
Jack Straw (Former UK Foreign Secretary)
Taghi Karroubi (Son of the Iranian Opposition Leader)
David Triesman (Former UK Foreign Office Minister)
Hassan el Shafei, (Advisor of Al-Azhar Imam)