After Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman, died last month while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police,” protests have erupted across the country. Iranian women have been at the forefront of these protests, demanding greater freedoms and expressing broad discontent with the governing status quo. Despite a unified response from the international community in support of the movement, Iranian officials have violently cracked down on protestors. Sustained conflict could fuel further violence as Iran prepares to transition to new leadership. Rumors continue to circulate regarding illness of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and political anxieties are increasing among competing factions and institutions — including the Revolutionary Guard. Given the lack of trust in political institutions among its citizens, how will Tehran handle the growing discontent?
At this event, Ambassador David M. Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute and the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East, and Middle East fellows Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar and Kelsey Norman addressed this question and considered what happens next for Iran.
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Kelsey Norman, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East; Director, Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, Baker Institute
The Honorable David M. Satterfield
Director, Baker Institute; Former Ambassador to Lebanon and Turkey
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute