In the final episode in my series on the History of Iran and the Next War I mentioned how, to a western ear, distinguishing the different names and leaders of Iran can be a challenge. This infographic provides a little cheat sheet on the timeline of the different leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Note that the political leaders of Iran are subordinated to the religious leaders of Iran, specifically the Supreme Leader of Iran.

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If you are interested in learning more about the politics and history of modern Iran check out my Essential Guide to Understanding Modern Iran. If you prefer a podcast series, try my podcast series The History of Iran and the Next War.
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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at