Iran: power and the people

To accompany this week's Iran special magazine, we look at Iran from two angles - the power and the

Firstly, we break down the power groups in the Islamic Republic and try to answer the simple question: Who rules Iran? US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton this week said that "Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship", a claim rebuffed by Iran's elected foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki. We take a look at the power relationships which inform Iranian politics.

Secondly, we look at the composition of Iranian society. In the wake of recent demonstrations in Iran, numerous articles have made reference to the "Iranian people" and "Iranian society". Here we identify the heterogeneous composition of the 71 million people who inhabit Iran and the socio-economic situation in which they live.

Amid claims that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is trying to "drive a wedge" between the