NYU Washington, DC welcomed an expert panel of scholars and policymakers to discuss the contradiction that is the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the Obama Administration and its international partners have initiated an unprecedented strategy of dialogue and compromise, the clerical regime in Tehran continues to actively support revolutionary movements, violent extremists and hostile governments.
Iran is a nation of enormous strategic consequence. It is the Middle East’s most populous with over 80 million citizens, 60% of whom are under the age of 30. It has the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, controls the Straits of Hormuz and shares land borders with Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan Afghanistan and Pakistan. The country’s growing nuclear program and support for terror have caused it to be the subject of international sanctions, yet also remains an indispensable party to any comprehensive and durable peace in the region.
This panel considers if negotiating partner are we engaged in a fools’ errand, or if this attempt at détente offers the reasonable prospect of a more peaceful world. What are the real intentions of the Supreme Leader and government of President Hassan Rouhani? Are the expectations of the United States compatible with the ideology of the Islamic Revolution?