Three steps back
Experts discuss the political crisis in Iran
From left: Ali Akbar Mahdi, Valentine M.
Moghadam, Hossein Qazian, Dariush Sajjadi, Hooshang Amirahmadi
By Jahanshah Javid
May 1, 2000
The conservative assault against reformists in recent weeks was a hot
topic at a conference in Washington, DC, this past weekend. Here are interviews
and comments from some of the participants at the Center for Iranian Research
and Analysis' (CIRA) 18th annual
conference (April 28-29).
Ali Akbar Mahdi, sociologist, Ohio Wesleyan University:
* How will
the students react to the assault against reform?
pressure force the student movement underground?
* Is the conservative
assault a hasty reaction or well-planned?
* What will President
* Will the next
Majlis be able to carry out reform?
the reformist press go too far in attacking the conservatives?
the role of former president Rafsanjani in all this?
* Will pro-reform
ayatollahs in Qom support Khatami?
Valentine M. Moghadam, sociologist, Illinois State University
political future: Three possible scenarios
Dariush Sajjadi, political analyst for reformist newspapers in Iran
* What made
the conservatives take action against reformists?
and weaknesses of the reform movement.
Hossein Qazian, researcher and reformist journalist in Iran
of Islamic reformist thought
influences on Iran's civil society
Hooshang Amirahmadi, president, American Iranian Council
will the Americans react?
will recent events affect Iranian foreign policy?