Ali Ansari
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"Ali Massoud Ansari" is the Professor in Modern History with reference to the Middle East at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he is also the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies. He was educated at University College London (BA), King's College London (MA), and obtained his PhD from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

He is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and sits on the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS). He is a regular speaker at conferences and events regarding Iran, including "Iran's New Parliament" at the New America Foundation. His work appears in The Guardian, The Independent, and the New Statesman, among other publications.

Ansari is the son of Mohammad Ali Massoud Ansari, cousin of Farah Pahlavi and Mariam Dariabegi. He married Marjon Esfandiary in 2010, after which he had a celebration held at Chatham House.

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The Iranians were just jumping on the bandwagon. They want to galvanize people, keep them focused on an anti-Western agenda.

It was always on the cards and they can justify it on the grounds that the new president will want his own people on the ground. But it sends all the wrong signals.

Moderate Muslims have been given a giant task. The world is watching how they respond.

At this moment in time, the chances of any agreement are extremely small.

The European Union door is shut and the Iranians have thrown away the key. This was a symbolic slap in the face for the Europeans.

[Ali Ansari, an Iran expert at St. Andrews University in Scotland, said the president would have to make concessions.] I do not think it is fatal, ... but he is going to have to take some drastic action to realize that politics is the art of compromise.