Iran’s Post-Revolutionary Elite

March 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative invites you to a discussion about the political elite that has emerged in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Mehrzad Boroujerdi will discuss his upcoming book, Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Handbook, the first major comprehensive and empirical study of the post-revolutionary Iranian political elite. The book, which Boroujerdi co-authored with Kourosh Rahimkhani, catalogs the elite’s social and regional origins, ideological orientations and positions held within the Islamic Republic over the past four decades. The book helps explain the tenacity of the Iranian system as well as the popular resentment that has grown toward those who have disproportionately benefited from the Islamic Republic.

The discussion will be held March 12, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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A conversation with:
Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Professor of Political Science
Syracuse University

Moderated by:
Barbara Slavin
Director, Future of Iran Initiative
Atlantic Council


Mehrzad Boroujerdi is professor of political science and O’Hanley faculty scholar at Syracuse University. He is currently a fellow of the American Council on Education in residence at California State University, Northridge as well as a visiting scholar at University of California, Los Angeles’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Boroujerdi’s research centers on the intellectual and political history of modern Iran. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (1996), I Carved, Worshiped and Shattered: Essays on Iranian Politics and Identity [in Persian] (2010), and Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Handbook (forthcoming from Syracuse University Press). He is also the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Persian and edited Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft (2013). Dr. Boroujerdi has been a postdoctoral fellow and a Rockefeller Foundation fellow at Harvard University and University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he has served as the editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East book series published by Syracuse University Press (1996-2014), the book review editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (2002-2007), and a principal investigator of the Iran Data Portal. Dr. Boroujerdi has also been a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC (2005-2016), and president of the Association for Iranian Studies (2012-2014).
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 covered such key foreign policy issues as the US-led war on terrorism, policy toward "rogue" states, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has traveled to Iran nine times. Slavin also served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she wrote Bitter Friends, and as a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, where she researched and wrote the report Mullahs, Money and Militias: How Iran Exerts Its Influence in the Middle East.