Najam Comments on the Impact of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s Death

Prof. Adil Najam (right)

Prof. Adil Najam, Dean Emeritus and Professor at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and President of WWF-International, was recently invited to comment on the tragic death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and its potential impacts on regional politics and security. Prof. Najam shared his insights on multiple media channels, including an appearance on the Pakistani news channel Dawn News’ show “Live with Dawin TV.”

During the interview, Prof. Najam highlighted that the immediate impact of President Raisi’s untimely demise has already been felt in the form of heightened uncertainties surrounding Iran’s turbulent domestic politics and its international relations with the region, particularly with Israel and Arab nations. However, he emphasized that the most significant and far-reaching impact of this tragedy may lie in the selection of President Raisi’s successor.

Prof. Najam noted that the late president was widely regarded as the likely successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. As such, the choice of the next president could serve as the most reliable indicator of the direction Iran’s international stance will take in the coming years.

Adil Najam is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and also serves as the President of WWF-International. He served as the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies from 2014-2022. He is also a former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Najam on his Pardee School faculty profile.