Iranian Politics and Decision Making

Elliot Hen-Tov, Princeton
University, will join us for a discussion on the dynamics inside Iran’s
political leadership. Javier Solana, the European Union’s foreign
policy envoy, is due to visit Tehran next week to outline a new package
of incentives to Iran in exchange for suspension of its enrichment
activities. The visit comes amid calls from the Bush administration and
some European governments for further sanctions against Tehran, if it
does not halt its nuclear program. What effect, if any, do these calls
have on the Iranian leadership and the population? What political
currents and different interests can be detected in the Iranian
leadership? What are the near and longer-term prospects for an
improvement in the relationship with Iran?

This briefing is the fourth in an ongoing series on the US and Iran that Security for a New Century has developed in partnership with the US Institute of Peace.
The series aims to explore a wide range of political, economic, social
and cultural issues which influence US – Iranian relations.

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