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[Conference] Islamic Republic of Iran: Continuity or Change?

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Photo credit: Vahid Zamani
Jun 12 2018

On Friday, March 2, 2018 the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University co-hosted a conference titled "The Islamic Republic of Iran: Continuity or Change?" The conference was moderated by Larry Diamond, Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani, and Francis Fukuyama and featured four panels: politics and society, culture and media, economy, and international factors. Scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad traveled to Stanford to discuss recent trends in Iran and the potential results. 

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Conference Summary 

Participant Biographies 

Listen to two of the panelists, Mehdi Yahyanejad and Mehrzad Boroujerdi, interviewed by Michael McFaul: World Class Podcast: Telegrams from Iran


Panel 1: Politics and Society

  • Political Elite Formation and Circulation - Mehrzad Boroujerdi
  • Iran after Ayatollah Khamenei: Regime Dynamics and Prospects for Political Change - Saied Golkar
  • What Befell the Democracy Movement in Iran? - Ladan Baroumand

Panel 2: Culture and Media

  • How Technology Has Helped to Transform the Society of Iran: What is at Stake? - Ali-Akbar Mousavi
  • Women, Gender and the Status Quo in Iran: Challenges and Prospects - Nayereh Tohidi
  • How the Iranian Government Lost its Monopoly on Media - Mehdi Yahyanejad

Panel 3: Economy

  • Overview of Recent Trends in the Iranian Economy - Pooya Azadi
  • Iran: An Economy with Great Potential in Disequilibrium - Hamid Biglari

Panel 4: International Factors

  • Iran and the European Union after the JCPOA - Ali Ansari
  • U.S.-Iran Relations in the Age of Trump - Colin H. Kahl
  • Toward Democracy in Iran: Reform or Revolution? - Misagh Parsa