by Nicholas Schmidle
March/April 2010 Issue
Images and captions added by Color Revolutions and Geopolitics
I FIRST MET Srdja Popovic last spring at a bustling café in the Maldives, where he had just helped overthrow the government. Sipping espresso and smoking cigarettes, he spoke in passionate bursts as he told me about how he had guided the local opposition—now the ruling party of this tiny nation in the Indian Ocean—in the ways of peaceful revolt. Yet even with five revolutions already under his belt, Popovic insisted that he sought only to educate rebels, not lead them.
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But that notoriety has also made it more difficult for the tall, sinewy 37-year-old to slip into places where his services might be of use. While he boasts that he's never been arrested outside of his native Serbia, nor deported or even denied a visa, he acknowledges that there are "a few countries that I would be prohibited to go." Iran, he says with a smirk, "would love me—for dinner."