Players to Watch in Iran

Ali Khamenei:  The supreme religious leader wields veto powers that make him the ultimate authority on all political matters, and he also exerts direct control over key branches of the security services.  Khamenei’s influence has rested on his ability to play the role of impartial mediator in Read Entire Entry

Venezuela

Populism Reigns amid Rising Tensions Domestic tensions have been smoldering since Nicolás Maduro’s heavily disputed victory in a special presidential election held in April 2013, which was necessitated by the death of the country’s long-time leader, Hugo Chávez.  In the year since, economic Read Entire Entry