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Iranian American Perspectives on Iran

October 30, 2009 – The world media has been closely following the events unfolding in Iran following the disputed presidential election held on June 12th. Furthermore, much domestic and international attention has recently been focused on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. In the midst of this media attention, several prominent Iranian American authors, analysts, and scholars have continued to weigh in on the latest developments, offering their analysis and perspectives.

Set forth below is the next in a series of compilations of Iranian American viewpoints, including recognized author and scholar, Reza Aslan; Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Haleh Esfandiari; and Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Karim Sadjadpour.

** The views expressed in these articles and interviews are solely the views of the author or the interviewee, and PAAIA does not endorse or support any such viewpoints.**

Reza Aslan: Stiffing the Revolutionaries

“Many of the people the Iran Democracy Fund was supposed to support – the human rights activists and democracy promoters toiling inside Iran – wholeheartedly welcomed Obama’s decision.”

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Haleh Esfandiari: Iran’s Harshest Sentence for an Innocent Scholar

“The trial is further evidence that some of the most hard-line elements in the Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Guards are now setting domestic policy.”

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Karim Sadjadpour: The New Hostage Crisis

“And insofar as the continued detention of U.S. citizens in Tehran decreases the likelihood of a diplomatic breakthrough with Washington, the interests of at least some of these hard-liners will be served.”

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