Iran: After the Election

The following was posted to our Web site and I thought I would re-post it here in case you missed it.  The links below will take you to the videos of the panels referenced and all of the videos, plus the Q and A links can be found here.


The recent elections in Iran, and subsequent challenges to their legitimacy, have been a matter of enormous internal conflict in Iran, and of seemingly endless debate in the rest of the world. As protesters continue to take to the Iranian street to voice their opposition to the elections, fault-lines are emerging amongst the ruling elite. These momentous events constitute a significant challenge to the legitimacy of the Iranian regime and the future of the Islamic Republic.

In a conference co-hosted by SIPA and the Middle East Institute in December 2009, leading Iranian scholars and analysts discuss the impact of the recent elections, Iran’s relationship with the international community and the theocratic foundations of the Islamic Republic.

The Aftermath of the Election

Richard Bulliet, Columbia University
Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University
Asef Bayat, Leiden University
Shahla Talebi, Arizona State University
Ervand Abrahamian, Baruch College

International Challenges

Gary Sick, Columbia University
Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii
Judith Yaphe, The National Defense University

Appraising the Life of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Hossein Kamaly, Barnard College
Mansour Farhang, Bennington College
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, University of Pennsylvania
Houchang Chehabi, Boston University
Richard Bulliet, Columbia University