Georgetown backdrop

People

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad headshot

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Profile

This individual is not a direct affiliate of the Berkley Center.

Elected in June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 2003 when he was appointed mayor of Tehran, he was not well known but demonstrated his religiously conservative views by repealing earlier reforms instituted by moderate mayors. When he ran for election in 2005, he reportedly spent no money on his campaign, as he was supported by a younger generation of conservatives in parliament and the mobilization of mosque networks. As president, Ahmadinejad has strongly defended Iran's right to nuclear power despite pressure from the UN to desist. He has also made controversial statements expressing his desire that Israel be "wiped off the map" and denying the Holocaust as a "myth."