BY CYNTHIA HAVEN
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's pronouncements on the West, Israel, women, the peace process, human rights and just about everything else used to be headline news. His election gave rise to Iran's 2009 "green movement" protests – and their bloody suppression.
What a difference two years make. Now, discord between Iran's controversial Ahmadinejad and the archconservative Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have again raised questions about the nation's political stability.
Abbas Milani, a former political prisoner under the shah in the 1970s and a pro-democracy activist, is today one of the leading international experts on Iran.