Iranian Public Opinion after the Protests

February 2, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20005
Washington, DC

Iranian Public Opinion after the Protests

A conversation with:
Kelsey Davenport

Director for Nonproliferation
 Arms Control Association

Dr. Ebrahim Mohseni
Research Scholar, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland
University of Maryland

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Founder and Publisher
Bourse & Bazaar

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

The Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland invite you to a panel discussion on Iranian public opinion in the aftermath of recent protests. The event will present new public opinion data gathered since demonstrations broke out in more than 100 Iranian cities and towns in late December protesting poor economic conditions, Iran’s interventions abroad, and domestic political constraints. The event will also relate Iranian attitudes on political and economic issues to a broader set of regional and international issues, including Iran’s regional influence, Iranian relations with the West, and the Iranian nuclear deal.

The discussion will be held February 2, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record. 

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

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This event is open to press and on the record. 


Kelsey Davenport is the director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. She also runs the Arms Control Association’s project assessing the effectiveness of multilateral voluntary initiatives that contribute to nonproliferation efforts. Kelsey joined the Arms Control Association in August 2011 as the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. Previously, Kelsey worked for a think tank in Jerusalem researching regional security issues. She holds a masters degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Board of Directors for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, and is a member of the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative Advisory Board.
Ebrahim Mohseni is a research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), a lecturer on the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, and a senior analyst at the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research. Mohseni has been studying Iranian public opinion on key national and international issues since 2006. Before joining CISSM, he was a research associate at the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) where he, along with other senior staff, conducted in-depth surveys on issues of international significance in more than 40 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, the United States, Russia, China, and European Union member countries. Mohseni is also the co-author of “People and the Tenth Election,” which investigates Iranian voting behavior in the tenth presidential election of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mohseni defended his phd dissertation in June 2014, has a master of public policy and a graduate certificate in intelligence analysis from the University of Maryland. He also has a bachelor's degree in political science and in economics.

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj is the founder and publisher of Bourse & Bazaar, a media company which supports Iran "business diplomacy" through events, publishing, and research. Bourse & Bazaar is the organizer of the Europe-Iran Forum, the leading Iran business summit, which has been held in London (2014), Geneva (2015), and Zurich (2016, 2017). Bourse & Bazaar recently published a landmark special report on the"economic implementation" of the Iran nuclear deal, drawing on a detailed survey commissioned by International Crisis Group with insights from over sixty multinational senior executives working in Iran.
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.