Insight with Kasra Naji – Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? – FULLY BOOKED

Talk Wednesday 16th January, 2008

Internationally acclaimed journalist Kasra Naji, a native Persian speaker, has spent years in Iran interviewing friends, family and colleagues of President Ahmadinejad and now tells the real story of his rise to power.

Kasra Naji has reported for CNN, the BBC, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist and ABC. He is the author of Ahmadinejad: The Untold Story of Iran’s radical Leader.

The book describes Ahmadinejad as a man of contradictions: at once gripped by apocalyptic beliefs, yet capable of switching spiritual allegiance in the quest for power. A man tough enough to fight street battles in the name of Ayatollah Khomeini, yet described by former army comrades as a “coward”. A man crude enough to invite the German Chancellor to join him in an anti-Jewish alliance, yet sophisticated enough to win the political support of the all-powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? What made him? To whom, if anyone, does he answer?

Moderated by Jon Snow – Presenter, Channel 4 News.