- Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on January 8 aged 82
- He was the country's fourth president, between 1989 and 1997
Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University and author of "Iran and the United States: An Insider's View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace." He was an advisor to Rafsanjani and the Iranian Ambassador to Germany from 1990 to 1997. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.
(CNN)The news of the sudden passing of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has utterly shocked Iranians of all walks of life.