Septuagenarian Men, Young Women, and the Social Media in Iran: Prospects of Democracy in a Despotic Iran

featuring Abbas Milani
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Abbas Milani 2018

Iran, argues Abbas Milani, is a nation of paradoxes. Seventy percent of the country’s citizens are younger than thirty-five years old, yet their political fate is in the hands of a cadre of septuagenarian-and-older religious leaders. The country’s leaders, Milani jokes, were already old men when he was jailed with them as a political prisoner in the 1970s. Four decades later, he maintains, they are finally losing their grip on power.