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Iran: The Future of the Opposition and the Islamic Republic

Iran: The Future of the Opposition and the Islamic Republic

Karim Sadjadpour, Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group

Issues:

  • The Obama Administration's two main challenges in forming an engagement policy with Iran Psychology of Iran's supreme leader
  • Generational and worldview gaps between opposition leaders and military/political leaders
  • Why opposition leaders are “accidental”  

Q&A:

  • Is Iran an Islamic Republic or what Hillary Clinton calls a "military dictatorship?"
  • Why Iran's status quo is unsustainable
  • Depth of U.S. intelligence in Iran
  • Which segment of the Iranian population the opposition truly represents
  • Possibility of the opposition co-opting the military
  • Percentages of the Iranian society as "Green," "Black" and "Gray"
  • Guardian Council’s perspective

Biography: Karim Sadjadpour is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Tehran and Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to BBC World TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour, and has written for the Economist,Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and New Republic. Frequently called upon to brief U.S. and EU officials about Middle Eastern affairs, he has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, given lectures at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities, and has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright scholarship. Sadjadpour was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, and is a board member of the Banu Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting grass-roots organizations that are empowering women worldwide. He has lived in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and speaks Persian, Spanish, and Italian.

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