‘Prospects for Democracy in Iran’ conference to be held November 2 at the Hoover Institution

Thursday, October 25, 2007

STANFORD — “Prospects for Democracy in Iran: Assessing the Regime and the Opposition,” a one-day conference, will be November 2 at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

WHAT: Important issues and aspects of the drive for democracy—including the nuclear issue, internal opposition, domestic politics, and civil society—in Iran will be explored and discussed.
WHEN: from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, November 2
WHERE: Stauffer Auditorium, Hoover Institution
WHO: Researchers from a wide range of institutions and organizations

RSVP: To reserve a seat at the conference, contact Hoover Institution Public Affairs at 650-723-0603.

AGENDA:
“Prospects for Democracy in Iran: Assessing the Regime and the Opposition”

Friday, November 2nd , 2007
The Hoover Institution, Stauffer Auditorium

8:45 a.m. — Introduction and Welcome

9:00 a.m. — Regime Structure and Splits
Chair: Abbas Milani, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University

The Regime Structure: Fatemeh Haghighatjoo (Harvard University)
The Clerical Structure: Arash Naraghi (University of California, Santa Barbara)

10:30 — Break

10:45 — The Internal Opposition
Chair: Michael McFaul, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

12:15 — Lunch

1:30 — Civil Society
Chair: TBA

The Sexual Revolution: Pardis Mahdavi (Pomona College)
Internet Activism and Bloggers: John Kelly (Columbia University)

3:00 — Break

3:15 — The Nuclear Question and U.S.–Iran Relations
Chair: Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Commentator: Michael Shuster, National Public Radio

The State of Iran’s Nuclear Program: Dr. Shahram Chubin (Geneva Centre for Security Policy)
Public Reactions, Political Factors, and Splits in the Regime on the Nuclear Issue: Abbas Milani (Hoover Institution, Stanford University)