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May 22 2024

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International Responses to Raisi’s Death: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tymahz Toumadje


Co-authored with Visiting Fellow Sarah Raviani

On Sunday, May 19, Islamic Republic President Ebrahim Raisi died, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a helicopter crash near the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan. This death has sparked a variety of responses around the world, ranging from teary-eyed condolences to celebrations. This piece aims to capture the spectrum of these responses from government officials, revealing the predispositions of several key actors towards the Islamic Republic.

The Good

The Bad

The Ugly