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On June 12, Iran held an historic, and as it has turned out, highly contentious presidential election.  While the government  declared incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the decisive winner, his challengers--led by Mir Hossein Mousavi--have accused the regime of massive voter fraud, thus setting up a unprecedented conflict between a regime and major segments of society. These developments come on the heels of efforts by the Obama administration to engage Iran.  USIP hosted a fascinating discussion of the implications of Iran's presidential election for  the country's domestic politics, and even more so, for the course (and fate) of  U.S.-Iranian engagement.

On June 12, Iran held an historic, and as it has turned out, highly contentious presidential election.  While the government declared incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the decisive winner, his challengers--led by Mir Hossein Mousavi--have accused the regime of massive voter fraud, thus setting up a unprecedented conflict between a regime and major segments of society. These developments come on the heels of efforts by the Obama administration to engage Iran.  USIP hosted a fascinating discussion of the implications of Iran's presidential elections for  the country's domestic politics, and even more so, for the course (and fate) of  U.S.-Iranian engagement.


Speakers


Daniel Brumberg
Acting Director of the Muslim World Initiative,
Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention,
U.S. Institute of Peace

Suzanne Maloney
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy,
Saban Center for Middle East Policy,
Brookings Institution

Asieh Mir
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow,
U.S. Institute of Peace

Qamar-ul Huda, Chair
Senior Program Officer,
Religion and Peacemaking Center of Innovation,
U.S. Institute of Peace

 

 

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