Tue May 18, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
Who will be the next Iranian president and what impact will it have on US-Iranian relations
About this event
Sanam Vakil is Deputy Director of the Middle East North Africa program at Chatham House, where she leads the Future Dynamics in the Gulf project and the Forum Iran.
Sanam’s research focuses on regional security, Gulf geopolitics, and future trends in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy.
She follows broader Middle Eastern issues as a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, associated with the Islamism and International Order Working Group.
She is also a James Anderson Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy.
Prior to these appointments, Sanam was Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at SAIS Washington. She was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, also providing research analysis to the Middle East and North Africa department of the World Bank.
Sanam is the author of Action and Reaction: Women and Politics in Iran (Bloomsbury 2013). She publishes analysis and commentary for a variety of media and academic media.
Sanam received his BA in Political Science and History from Barnard College at Columbia University and his Masters / Doctorate in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who reports and produces breaking news, investigative articles and magazine-style articles in print and broadcast on national and international issues. Over the years, she has reported, written and produced for CNN, CNN International, NBC, Huffington Post, Al Monitor and Al Jazeera America. She was previously a fellow of the East West Institute and is a frequent on-air contributor to various news organizations around the world covering international affairs, humanitarian issues and the Middle East. In her first book, “The Heartbeat Of Iran”, she captures some of the most nuanced and complex realities of life in Iran today through the intimate and personal stories of everyday Iranians.
In 2015, she led the Al Jazeera America team with unprecedented access to reporting and productions from inside Iran during the historic nuclear negotiations between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. . While at CNN, Ms. Kangarlou was involved in covering major national and international reports such as the 2013 US presidential inauguration, the Boston Marathon attacks, the 2013 Iranian presidential election, the death of Nelson Mandela and the Russia-Ukraine crisis of 2014.
Over the years, she has interviewed numerous world leaders, heads of state and senior officials in the United States and around the world. Ms. Kangarlou is an expert on the global refugee crisis, the MENA region and international affairs.
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In recent years, she has spent a lot of time in the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan reporting and covering issues that impact Syrian refugees, host countries and the Middle -Orient in general. Ms Kangarlou also reported from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee camp, covering the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar.
In 2016, after witnessing the horrific plight of war-torn refugees, Ms. Kangarlou started Art of Hope, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit aimed at helping Syrian refugees overcome mental wounds in war and displacement through PTSD treatment, psychosocial support and trauma relief programs in the region. She is a strong advocate for refugees, war-torn children and ethnically persecuted minorities.
Ms. Kangarlou was born and raised in Tehran, Iran until her late teens. She holds a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MA in Journalism from USC. She is based in London.
Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas for Improving World Order. He is executive vice-president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign policy, and Middle East geopolitics. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he has conducted over 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision makers. Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Parsi’s second book, A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press), was published in early 2012 and was selected by the Foreign Affairs journal as the best book of 2012 on the Middle East. .
His latest book – Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017) – takes a look behind the scenes of the historic nuclear deal with Iran.
Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken scholar who was imprisoned by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies, where he received his doctorate.
He founded the NIAC to provide a non-partisan, nonprofit organization through which Iranian-Americans could participate in American civic life. NIAC is a strong supporter of the dialogue and engagement between the United States and Iran, which Parsi said would improve our national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East and strengthen moderates in Iran.
Parsi has followed Middle Eastern politics through his fieldwork and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy issues. Parsi worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served on the Security Council, dealing with the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and on the Third Committee of the General Assembly, dealing with human rights in Iran, Afghanistan and Myanmar. and Iraq.
Parsi studied for his doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations with Professor Francis Fukuyama at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to his doctorate, he holds a master’s degree in international relations from Uppsala University and a master’s degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, George Washington University and Georgetown University, as well as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Policy Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. .
He is fluent in Persian / Farsi, English and Swedish. Parsi’s articles on Middle Eastern affairs have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward and others. He’s a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour along with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC and Al Jazeera.