The Ramifications of Rouhani's Reelection

July 28, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St NW (12th Floor)
Washington, DC, DC


A conversation with:
Nadereh Chamlou
Former Senior Adviser
World Bank

Ebrahim Mohseni
Research Scholar, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland
University of Maryland
Paul Pillar
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies
Georgetown University

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 Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. The event will present new data gathered since the May presidential elections on Iranian attitudes toward domestic and international economic and political issues. In particular, the event will explore current Iranian attitudes toward Rouhani, the nuclear agreement, the Trump administration, regional crises and Iranian domestic policies. 

The discussion will be held July 28, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. 

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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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Nadereh Chamlou is an international development advisor and former Senior Advisor at the World Bank, where she spent more than three decades in technical, coordination, managerial, and advisory positions in such areas as economic management, private sector development, financial markets, knowledge economy, sustainable development and infrastructure, corporate governance, and gender and development. She has worked on Latin America, East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and authored seminal reports on issues related to economic competitiveness, talent pool, and diversity. She serves on several non-profit boards related to MENA and Iran and was a 2015 recipient of The International Alliance for Women’s “Making a Difference” global award.

Ebrahim Mohseni is a Research Scholar at 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 EU 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 Masters 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.

Paul Pillar is a nonresident senior fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia. Earlier he served in a variety of analytical and managerial positions, including as chief of analytic units at the CIA covering portions of the Near East, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. Pillar also served in the National Intelligence Council as one of the original members of its Analytic Group. He has been executive assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence and Executive Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He has also headed the Assessments and Information Group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center, and from 1997 to 1999 was deputy chief of the center. He was a federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Pillar was a visiting professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University from 2005 to 2012. Pillar received an A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, a B.Phil. from Oxford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and served on active duty in 1971-1973, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is the author of Negotiating Peace: War Termination as a Bargaining Process (Princeton University Press, 1983); Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2001; second edition 2003); and Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform (Columbia University Press, 2011). 

Barbara Slavin is the acting 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.