Iran’s Political Future

February 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative invites you to a panel discussion on "Iran’s Political Future," in the aftermath of recent protests. The demonstrations, which took place in more than 100 Iranian cities and towns in late December-early January, focused on poor economic conditions, Iran’s interventions abroad, and domestic political constraints. Analysts are divided over whether the Iranian system can profit from the protests to enact meaningful reforms or whether the system is too repressive and brittle to change through relatively peaceful evolution.

The discussion will be held February 12, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators).

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The event is open to press and on the record. 


A conversation with:

Nazila Fathi
Journalist and Author
Suzanne Maloney
Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Program
Brookings Institution

Alireza Nader
Independent Researcher 
Moderated by:
Barbara Slavin
Director, Future of Iran Initiative
Atlantic Council


Nazila Fathi is a journalist and commentator on Iran and the author of The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran (The Guardian, Vogue and Foreign Policy Association named the Lonely War the best book of 2014). She reported out of Iran for nearly two decades until 2009 when she was forced to leave the country because of government threats against her. 

Suzanne Maloney is deputy director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow in the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and Energy Security and Climate Initiative, where her research focuses on Iran and Persian Gulf energy. She is the editor of Markaz, a blog on politics in and policy toward the Middle East published by the Brookings Institution. Her books include the 2008 monograph, Iran’s Long Reach, as well as Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution. Maloney previously served as an external advisor to senior State Department officials on long-term issues related to Iran. Before joining Brookings, she served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, as Middle East advisor for ExxonMobil, and director of the 2004 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on US policy toward Iran.
Alireza Nader is an independent researcher on Iran and the Middle East. A former senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, Alireza's research has focused on Iran's political dynamics, elite decision-making, and Iranian foreign policy. His commentaries and articles have appeared in a variety of publications and he is widely cited by the US and international media.
Barbara Slavin is the director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo correspondent for the Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review. She has traveled to Iran nine times.