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When the Mighty Fall, Where Do They Land?

MIN READJun 12, 2016 | 13:00 GMT

When the Mighty Fall, Where Do They Land?
During his exile, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini still managed to wield influence in Iran, laying the groundwork for his return and for the revolution that toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who himself became an exile in the last months of his life.

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What happens when leaders lose their positions of authority, the halls of power close, and their supposed friends and allies desert them? More importantly, what happens when a leader's very survival is in jeopardy? Political defeat can come from the ballot box or the bullet, and there's a big difference between leaders who find themselves shut out of their political system but who can remain in their countries and those who, through the loss of power to rivals or a popular uprising, are banished from their homelands. Leaders in many parts of the world are not always afforded the luxury of safety when the political tides turn against them. Politics can be a rough business. What happens when leaders lose their positions of authority, the halls of power close, and their supposed friends and allies desert them? What happens when a leader's very survival is in jeopardy? Political defeat can come...

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