Civil Society in Iran

Civil Society in Iran: Prospects for Reform & Implications for Policymakers


Friday, March 15, 2019 | 8:30am-1:00pm


2172 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW | Washington, DC 20515

A continental breakfast will be served from 8:00am to 8:30am. Panels include 1) Access to Independent Information & Media; 2) Marginalized Communities: Social & Political Movements; and 3) Civil Society: Trends & Prospects for Reform, followed by a keynote address on implications for policymakers.

List of speakers:

  • Masih Alinejad, Women’s Rights Activist
  • Hamed Behravan, Movements/The Democracy Council
  • Saeid Golkar, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Marjan Greenblatt, The Democracy Council/Alliance for Rights of Minorities
  • Nader Hashemi, University of Denver
  • Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State
  • Michael Hull, Psiphon, Inc.
  • Elise Labott, Foreign Affairs Journalist
  • Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution
  • Shahin Milani, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
  • Farzin Nadimi, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Eric Novotny, The American University
  • Azadeh Pourzand, Siamak Pourzand Foundation
  • James Prince, The Democracy Council
  • Rieneke van Santen, Zamaneh Media
  • Mehdi Yahyanejad, Balatarin

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