24 Events

The Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. The sign above the entrance reads: "Neither East nor West"

Tasnim News

Seminar - Open to the Public

Iran in 2018: Between Regional Hegemony and Domestic Unrest

Thu., Jan. 25, 2018 | 4:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

In an increasingly volatile Middle East, Iran in 2018 will continue to be at the center of regional developments--and at the top of headlines. The defeat of ISIS in Iraq and the victory of Assad in Syria is a strategic win for Iran and its allies and as post-war reconstruction gets underway in these countries, Iran will play a crucial role in governance, economic, and security issues. On the other hand, domestically Iran was embroiled with recent protests over the economy. What does 2018 hold for Iran? Will Iran continue its foreign policies or roll back its regional role due to domestic and international pressures? In light of the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational rhetoric on Iran, Iranian responses and its domestic and foreign politics are again in the international spotlight and require careful consideration.

In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 file photo, released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dalati Nohra/AP

Seminar - Open to the Public

Geopolitics of the Gulf: Latest Developments in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Middle East

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye B, 5th Floor

A panel discussion with Dr. Hala Aldosari, Robert G. James Scholar Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute; Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, Joint Research Fellow at the Belfer Center's Iran Project and Project on Managing the Atom; Jeffrey G. Karam, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center's International Security Program; and Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School.

This event is presented jointly by the Middle East Initiative, the Iran Project, and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shake hands

Courtesy of US State Department

Seminar - Open to the Public

Where is U.S. Policy Towards Iran Headed?

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

During this Iran Project seminar, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, a joint research fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center's Iran Project and Project on Managing the Atom and former Director for Iran on the National Security Council at the White House, will explore the future trajectory of U.S. policy towards Iran. This talk will take place following the Trump administration's expected decision to de-certify the Iran nuclear deal to the U.S. Congress and roll-out its comprehensive Iran strategy. The event will be moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.

Iran shows off medium and long range missiles.

Khamenei.ir

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Iranian Power in the Middle East

Fri., Sep. 15, 2017 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye B, 5th Floor

The Iran Project is pleased to host J. Matthew McInnis, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, for a conversation on Iran's strategic outlook in the Middle East. Given Iran's increasingly influential role in creating new realities on the ground, current geopolitical rivalries will be discussed along with how Iran is influencing various major areas of conflict in the region. The event will be moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.

Inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as President of Iran, August 2013

Tasnim News

Special Series - Open to the Public

Will Rouhani Win? The Economy and the Upcoming Presidential Elections in Iran

Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Land Hall, Belfer Building, 4th Floor

The Iran Project is pleased to host the International Iranian Economic Association for a panel discussion on the future of the nuclear deal, its impact on the lives of average Iranians and the business scene in Iran, successes and failures of the Rouhani administration in responding to long term challenges in the water and energy sectors, and how these factors affect Rouhani’s chances for re-election.

Conference - Open to the Public

Harvard Iranian Weekend 2017

Fri., Apr. 7, 2017 - Sun., Apr. 9, 2017

Harvard Iranian Weekend (HIW) is a global conference that serves as a platform to broadcast the distinct Iranian voices in today's America. This year’s theme is Engage, a direct call to action in convening the curious, bold, and bright members of the Iranian community.

Brazilian Cabinet Meeting

Radiobrás

Seminar - Open to the Public

Brazil's Middle East Policy: A Conversation with Hussein Kalout

Fri., Apr. 7, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Hussein Kalout, Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Brazilian government and Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’s Iran Project, will be discussing Brazil's Middle East policy and its implications for the rapidly-changing balance of power in the region. The event will be co-sponsored by Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and moderated by the Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Revisiting Rouhani’s School of Thought: A Discussion on the Iranian President’s Developmental and Foreign Policy Doctrines

Fri., Mar. 24, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Associate, Iran Project, HKS; Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations) will discuss the main intellectual pillars underpinning the current Iranian administration and its school of thought, with a focus on issues pertaining to economic development as well as international relations. The event will be moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.

Protest in Tehran against execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in 2016.

Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Rivalry and Fragmentation after the Arab Uprisings

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Simon Mabon (Lecturer, Lancaster University), will explore the rivalry between two major Gulf powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, after the Arab Uprisings. With the fragmentation of a number of states across the region in 2011 and political dynamics challenged in a range of different ways, Riyadh and Tehran found opportunities to improve their standing across the Middle East, often in zero sum ways. Moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.