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.



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



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.


  • Op-Ed Economist July 18, 2016
    Abbas Kiarostami’s Long Shadow

    The death of famed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was greeted with great sorrow, though his shadow will only grow larger with the passage of time.

  • Q&A April 18, 2016 عربي Русский
    Saudi Arabia’s Changing International Role

    Riyadh is displaying a new foreign policy activism under the leadership of King Salman and his powerful son.

  • “Iran Is the Arsonist and the Fire Brigade”
    Op-Ed Slate January 6, 2016
    “Iran Is the Arsonist and the Fire Brigade”

    Iran and Saudi Arabia will always be competitors, but they aren’t destined to be sectarian adversaries.

  • Op-Ed Global Observatory August 26, 2015
    After Nuclear Deal, Which Iran Will Flourish?

    It is too early to tell whether or not the recently signed Iran deal will have a drastic effect on Iran’s domestic political climate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • June 29, 2016 Washington, DC
    The JCPOA: Looking Ahead After One Year

    As the first anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran approaches, it is time to look ahead to the long-term implications of the agreement.

  • May 12, 2016 Stanford, California 中文
    Inaugural Forum on Technology, Innovation, and International Affairs

    A discussion of the global geopolitical landscape, and the dramatic impact of technology and innovation as in shaping our world today and into the future.

  • May 4, 2016 Washington, DC
    Iranian Civil Society: Past, Present, and Future

    In a neighborhood engulfed in turmoil, Iran has enjoyed relative political stability of late. But have the rifts between state and society been reconciled?

  • September 17, 2015 Washington, DC
    U.S. Senator Chris Coons on the Middle East After the Iran Deal

    U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), a leading member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered his thoughts on the Iran nuclear agreement and its implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

  • August 27, 2015 Washington, DC
    The Economic Impact of Lifting Sanctions on Iran

    A new World Bank report assesses that the removal of economic sanctions against Iran could significantly boost economic growth in Iran.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • April 13, 2015 Washington, DC
    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.

  • 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?

  • 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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