Karim Sadjadpour

Senior Associate
Middle East Program
Sadjadpour, a leading researcher on Iran, has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.
 

Education

 

MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA, University of Michigan 

 

Languages

English; Italian; Persian; Spanish

 

Karim Sadjadpour is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Washington and Tehran, where he conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

He is a regular contributor to BBC TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, and Al-Jazeera, and he has appeared on the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Fox News Sunday, and the Colbert Report, among others. He contributes regularly to publications such as the Economist, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Policy.

Frequently called upon to brief U.S., EU, and Asian officials about Middle Eastern affairs, he regularly testifies before Congress, has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford universities, and has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright scholarship.

In 2007, Sadjadpour was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is a board member of the Banu Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting grassroots organizations that are empowering women worldwide.

He has lived in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

  • FRIDE May 27, 2015
    Iran in the Middle East: Leveraging Chaos

    Iran today remains a country of enormous but unfulfilled potential. And unless and until Tehran starts to privilege its national interests before revolutionary ideology, both the Iranian people and those in its regional crosshairs will continue to suffer the consequences.

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  • Op-Ed Washington Post April 3, 2015
    We’ve Reached a ‘Nuclear Framework’ With Iran. So Now What?

    Based on the U.S. version of the agreement, it looks stronger than many anticipated. If the Iranians are working off the same document, it will be very difficult for critics of the agreement to argue they have a better alternative.

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  • Iranian President Rowhani Salutes Journalists.
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy Association February 16, 2015
    On Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

    Regional conflicts exacerbate the animosity and mistrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which in turn exacerbate the regional conflicts.

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  • Syria in Crisis December 29, 2014
    The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch

    Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.

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  • Year in Crisis December 10, 2014
    Day in the Life

    Who are our experts? A behind-the-scenes video series.

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  • Op-Ed Wall Street Journal November 24, 2014
    With Talks Extended, Risks in Additional U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

    The intent of U.S. policy should be to deter Iran’s nuclear advancement, not provoke it.

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  • Testimony House Foreign Affairs Committee November 20, 2014
    The Risk of Premature Sanctions

    Congressional sanctions should be conceived in order to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, not provoke them.

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  • Op-Ed Daily Star August 27, 2014 中文
    Iran Has Great Potential, Which It Squanders

    Unless and until Iran prioritizes national and economic interests before revolutionary ideology, it will continue to remain a country with enormous but squandered potential.

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  • Sada Discussion Threads August 6, 2014 عربي
    Reconciling the Irreconcilable

    An exasperated Iranian public and international community had unrealistic hopes that Rouhani, a pragmatic regime insider, had both the will and ability to bring fundamental change.

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  • Article June 10, 2014 عربي Русский
    Iran: Syria’s Lone Regional Ally

    For Tehran, the Syrian conflict is at the center of an ideological, sectarian, and geopolitical struggle against a diverse array of adversaries.

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  • July 22, 2015 Washington, DC
    Senator Chris Murphy on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) will offer his assessment of the Iran nuclear deal, and the long-term implications of an agreement for America's role in a changing Middle East.

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  • April 28, 2015 Washington, DC
    Iran: Lessons from History

    Could a potential nuclear deal strengthen the country’s civil society and private sector and bring about meaningful political reform?

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  • April 13, 2015
    The Regional Implications of the Deal

    It remains to be seen whether the Iran nuclear deal will encourage Tehran to pursue a more aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East, with potentially significant regional consequences.

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  • April 13, 2015 Washington, DC
    The Iran Nuclear Deal

    What are the short and long-term obstacles to finalizing and sustaining a nuclear deal with Iran, and how would a U.S.-Iran nuclear détente impact ongoing conflicts and long-standing alliances in the Middle East?

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  • January 26, 2015 Washington, DC
    Roger Cohen in Conversation With Karim Sadjadpour

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will discuss his acclaimed new book, a moving memoir of his family’s long struggle with displacement, exile, anti-semitism, and apartheid, and how these same themes continue to haunt the contemporary Middle East.

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  • December 16, 2014 Washington, DC
    What Fuels Global Jihadism?

    The recent Senate report about the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists renews important questions about the most effective and ethical means to counter the threat of global jihadism.

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  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Outcome of the Iran Talks and the Next Steps

    Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have agreed to extend the talks on Iran’s nuclear program to June 2015. Many issues are still to be solved, such as establishing a formula for verifiably limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity as well as an acceptable process for relieving sanctions. Still, all parties to the talks have stressed the need to reach a comprehensive agreement.

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  • November 9, 2014 Washington, DC
    Rosewater Film Screening and Discussion with Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart

    Rosewater, a 2014 film written and directed by Jon Stewart, is based on the memoir by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari about his time in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

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  • October 29, 2014
    The Iran Factor and Regional Calculations

    This panel assessed Iranian interests and influence in the region in the context of the fight against the Islamic State and the continuing Syrian civil war.

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  • October 22, 2014
    China-Middle East Relations: Beyond Energy?

    Despite challenges like terrorism and intraregional conflict, the United States and China remain invested in the Middle East and should work together with regional actors to manage instability.

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