Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Understanding Iran – and its New President

Understanding Iran – and its New President

  • Speakers:
  • Kevan Harris
    Postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies
  • Date / Time:
  • April 23, 2014
  • 7:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Venue:
  • Philadelphia Country Club
  • 1601 Spring Mill Rd
  • Gladwyne. PA. US. 19035

 Kevan HarrisWhat to make of Hassan Rouhani, the man elected last year to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of Iran?  Is he a “moderate?”  Is a new relationship with Iran in the offing?   This talk will lay out the political battlefield inside the Islamic Republic, how the 2013 election occurred, and what it means for the United States.

Dr. Kevan Harris is a sociologist and postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. He travels to Iran frequently, and recently visited the Islamic Republic during the election of Hassan Rouhani as well as in March 2014. His writings on Iranian politics, economy, and society have appeared in numerous venues such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Time. Dr. Harris is currently writing a book, The Martyrs Welfare State, on Iranian welfare politics from the 1979 revolution to the present. His most recent published works can be found on his website,



This entire series is free for FPRI Members (and spouses) at the $500 level.

For others, it is $100 per session for a single person and a guest.

A table of 10 for one session is $1000.

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