Last Foreign Trip A Month Before Leaving Office
By: Jabbar Fazeli, MD
Shargh newspaper reports that the lame duck president of Iran is flying to Moscow today (Monday) in his last foreign trip (1).
The timing of this visit is interesting as Iran is in the midst of supposed transition, and Ahmadinejad is becoming irrelevant, both domestically and abroad. This is, however, in line with the IR tradition of disconnect between "reality" and the reality in its leaders' heads.
Maybe he decided to take advantage of his current freedom to travel abroad before he suffers the same fate as ex-president Khatami. The Ex-president hasn't been able to leave the country for years, not even at the peak of pollution in Tehran (3).
Ahmadinejad Delegation at 100.