About the program
The Atlantic Council’s Iran Strategy Project is designed to synchronize and bring together the Atlantic Council’s policy and analytical efforts on Iran under a single banner, reflecting the unprecedented level of discord and uncertainty in Iran.
The program will take a holistic look at all issues related to the country: political, human rights, security, economic, nuclear, social, and natural resources, providing a forum for experts across the political spectrum, and with varying functional expertise, to discuss and debate the future of Iran, and to provide concrete strategic options for policymakers.
This endeavor is driven by recent events such as the women-led ongoing protests demanding freedom and autonomy, the near-term potential for a new Supreme Leader, Iran’s evolving role in the region (including its military support of Russia’s war in Ukraine), and the likely end of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the prism through which US and European policy toward Iran has been based for much of the past decade.
Featured commentary & analysis
IranSource Jan 24, 2023
Can Reza Pahlavi help unite the Iranian opposition? A hashtag is suggesting so.
By Arash Azizi
An Iranian journalist started the hashtag #You_Represent_Me, which was quickly picked up by thousands of other Iranians, inside and outside the country, who used it to declare their support for Reza Pahlavi.
Featured in-depth research & reports
Issue Brief May 18, 2022
Afghanistan: Where US-Iranian interests may yet intersect
By Borzou Daragahi
Borzou Daragahi’s latest report delves into the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and how the swift collapse of the US-backed government in Kabul last summer shocked the United States and its influential neighbor, Iran.
In-Depth Research & Reports Apr 29, 2021
Iranian women in the year 1400: The struggle for equal rights continues
By Mehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand
A new report outlines an image of women’s struggles for equality to help US policymakers better understand the intricacies of Iranian society and to design policies that support—but do not supplant or undermine—the women’s movement.
The Iran Strategy Project’s advisory committee includes a cross-section of professionals from the diplomatic, intelligence, history, human rights, and military fields. The full advisory committee includes:
- Dr. Ladan Boroumand, PhD, Historian & Co-Founder, Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran
- Ambassador Paul Foley, former ambassador of Australia to the Islamic Republic of Iran
- Marjan Keypour, Founder and Director, Alliance for Rights of All Minorities (ARAM)
- Stuart Levey, former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
- Ambassador Rob Macaire, former ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Islamic Republic of Iran
- General Frank McKenzie, former commander, US Central Command
- Dr. Ernest Moniz, PhD, former US Secretary of Energy; Co-Chair and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative
- Michael Morell, former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
- Beth Sanner, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence
- Dr. Mahmood Sariolghalam, PhD, Professor of International Relations, Shahid Beheshti University
- Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to the US president; former Deputy US National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism
- Dr. Sanam Vakil, PhD, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House