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Democratic Transition in Iran, introducing The National Iran Council

Thu, Mar 7, 2013, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Democratic Transition in Iran, introducing The National Iran Council

Please note that this event has been postponed due to inclement weather, and will no longer take place on March 6.  Instead, it will take place on March 7.

Please contact Erica Kasraie at or Katie Bridges at with any questions.


March 7, 2013
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington DC 20036

Sponsored by the Institute of World Politics’ Center for Culture and Security, the purpose of this conference is to discuss pressing issues concerning Iran today and its prospects for a free and democratic future. Invitees include academics, political and human rights experts and activists, students, and others from throughout the world.

Speakers and participants include: U.S. Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) (invited), U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R- TX), U. S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R- Ala), Prince Reza Pahlavi (the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran), Amir Abbas Fakhravar (Research Fellow at Institute of World Politics, award winning writer and jailed dissident), and Kenneth Katzman (Specialist in Iran and Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Congressional Research Service)

There will also be a panel discussion with several Interim Committee members of the National Council of Iran, including: Cina Dabestani (Moderator), Riza Pirzadeh, Nazila Golestan, Shahin Nejad, Amir Golalipour, and Dr. Saeed Ganji.

Important note: Please note that this event is by invitation only.  The use of photographic and/or recording equipment is prohibited except by advanced permission from IWP, the event organizer, and the speaker(s). IWP is a private organization; as such, all attendees are guests of the Institute.