The Atlantic Council’s Iran Strategy Project invites you to an in-person panel discussion on Thursday, February 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET with activists and experts from Syria, Sudan, and Venezuela.

After the murder of Mahsa Jina Amini by the so-called “morality police” in mid-September 2022, a powerful wave of protests hit Iran, with protesters demanding an end to the Islamic Republic. As the protests enter their sixth month, it becomes integral to look outward at other countries’ case studies in their pursuit of freedom. Pro-democracy activists from Syria, Sudan, and Venezuela will come together in this panel to discuss lessons from their lived experiences in their respective countries to inform their Iranian counterparts inside the country and in the diaspora on what it takes to sustain a protest movement and secure lasting change.

This conversation will take place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters and will be broadcast on Zoom, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Register below to attend in person or to join us online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend. The event is open to members of the press and will be on the record.


Ibrahim Al-Assil
Senior Fellow
Middle East Institute

Genesis Davila
Founder and President, Defiende Venezuela;
International Law Human Rights Fellow, United Nations

Maha Tambal
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Alumna
National Endowment for Democracy

Moderated by

Holly Dagres
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council