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Iran: What Next as the Revolution Continues?

Iran: What Next as the Revolution Continues?

Our panel of experts will investigate Iran's so called fourth revolution with CMED's Director, Professor Steven Spiegel.

Monday, November 28, 2022
10:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Zoom Webinar

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Iran’s so called fourth revolution, led by the nation’s women and young girls, continues to thrive since Mahsa Amini’s death on September 16, 2022. Despite internet shut-downs, people have managed to leak hundreds of videos and pictures, demonstrating both the courage of a people desperate for change and the cowardice of a regime which continues to brutalize, arrest, rape, and murder its citizens, some of whom are children, simply for protesting for their basic human rights.

In comparison to the weight of the crisis, media outlets remain largely absent from the storytelling landscape. However, the world has watched the footage on social media platforms, almost in real time. Some world leaders have been vocal about their disdain for the regime’s handling of the protests, showing solidarity and support for the people. A few have called for sanctions on members of security forces and the like. But again, the response and action from the international community has been strikingly quiet.

Why haven’t world leaders and media been more vocal about the heinous violations of human rights occurring on the ground? Are national leaders hesitant to become engaged because of fear of the Iranian government, because of an inability to develop effective methods without a war, because they are overwhelmed with other issues, or because they are just not interested? What actions have actually been considered by outside governments? Should leaders of the world take any action against the Islamic Republic? And if so, is it possible to do without stoking conflict with a volatile government? Should the nuclear deal be reconsidered or abandoned completely? Is regime change possible, and if so, how? Our panel of experts will investigate these questions with CMED’s Director, Professor Steven Spiegel.


PANELIST— Negar Mortazavi is an award-winning journalist and political commentator, and editor and host of the Iran Podcast, based in Washington, DC. She has been covering Iranian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as US foreign policy towards the Middle East for over a decade. She is a frequent media commentator and has appeared on CNN, NBC, NPR, BBC, France24, Aljazeera, and other global outlets. She has written for Foreign Policy magazine, Politico, The Intercept, The Independent, and other publications. Ms. Mortazavi has received many recognitions, including being featured in FORBES among 30 inspirational women who are breaking boundaries in work and life; named by Middle East Policy Council among 40 young leaders shaping the present and future of US-Middle East relations; among 40 Iranian-American young leaders who have made an enormous impact on their community and country; a rising star in US foreign policy by New America Foundation and by the Center For Strategic and International Studies; and a Young Leader by Friends of Europe. She was previously a television anchor for Voice of America, where she hosted a Persian talk show on current affairs and an English news segment on US elections. She was also a Washington Correspondent for Iran International television, and previously worked at the International Center For Journalists, the National Iranian American Council, and the United Nations Development Programme headquarters in New York. She received her Master's from Brandeis University and her Bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts. She grew up in Iran and Germany, immigrated to the United States in 2002, and has been living in forced exile from Iran since 2009.


PANELIST— Ambassador Christian Buck is the Director-General for Political Affairs (Middle East, Africa and Latin America) at the German Foreign Office in Berlin. He previously served as Middle East director, as German ambassador to Libya, as deputy head of mission in Abu Dhabi and Kabul, as head of the German Government’s Crisis Center and as various other posts in Bonn, Berlin, Brussels, Kunduz, and Tokyo. He holds a PhD in political science from Humboldt University in Berlin, an MA in international relations from Niigata, Japan, and an MA in economics from Basel, Switzerland.


PANELIST— Michael Singh is the Managing Director and Lane-Swig Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. Since January 2022, he has also served as the interim director of the Institute's Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Program on Great Power Competition and the Middle East. During his tenure at the White House from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Singh was responsible for devising and coordinating U.S. national security policy toward the region stretching from Morocco to Iran, with a particular emphasis on Iran’s nuclear and regional activities, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, and security cooperation in the broader Middle East. Previously, Mr. Singh served as special assistant to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and at the U.S. embassy in Israel. He co-chaired Mitt Romney’s State Department transition team in 2012, and served as Middle East advisor to the Romney presidential campaign from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Singh also served as an adjunct fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an economics instructor at Harvard College. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, International Security, and elsewhere. Mr. Singh earned his BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University.


MODERATOR— Dr. Steven Spiegel is Director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. He is also a research professor of political science, focusing on international relations and American foreign policy in the Middle East. He has written over 100 books, articles, and papers. He is the author of “The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict: Making America’s Middle East Policy from Truman to Reagan,” and “World Politics in a New Era,” as well as one of the authors of "The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011.”



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Image Credit (left to right; all images cropped from original): @from____iran on Instagram; PersianDutchNetwork, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons; on Instagram; @insider on Instagram; @elahe4peace on Instagram

Sponsor(s): Center for Middle East Development, Burkle Center for International Relations, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Department of Public Policy