Fareed Zakaria hosts debate with Karim Sadjadpour and Hooman Majd


Fareed Zakaria hosts debate with Karim Sadjadpour and Hooman Majd
by Darius Kadivar

Carnegie Endowment's political analyst Karim Sadjadpour Challenges author Houman Majd ( The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge) in debate hosted by Fareed Zakaria.


Profile of Karim Sadjadpour :

Karim Sadjadpour is an 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, para militaries,businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

He is a regular contributor toBBC TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS News Hour, andAl-Jazeera, and has appeared on the Today Show, Charlie Rose, FoxNews Sunday, and the Colbert Report, among others. He contributes regularly to publications such as the Economist, Washington Post,New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and ForeignPolicy.

Frequently called upon tobrief 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, includinga 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.
 B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced. Speeks English; Italian; Persian; Spanish International Studies

Areas of Expertise

Iranian politics and society; Iran's nuclear program; Iranian foreign policy; Iran'srole in Iraq; U.S. Foreign policy toward the Middle East; Democracy, economic development, and reform in the Middle East; Security in the Middle East;Comparative politics; Terrorism.


Profile Hooman Majd :

Hooman Majd is a writer based in New York. He has written for GQ, the New York Times,The New Yorker, the New York Observer, Salon and is a contributing editor at Interview.


He often writes on Iranian affairs, and travels regularly to Iran. He has also served as an advisor and translator for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the United States and the United Nations, and has written about those experiences.


Hooman Majd has also had a long career as an executive in the music and film businesses. He was Executive VP of Island Records, where he worked with adiverse group of artists including U2, The Cranberries, Tricky and Melissa Etheridge; and Head of Film and Music at Palm Pictures, where he executive-produced James Toback’s “Black and White” and Khyentse Norbu’s “The Cup” (Cannes 1999).


Majd has had his short fiction published by Serpent’s Tail (London) and Bald Ego (New York). His non-fiction book on Iran, "The Ayatollah Begs ToDiffer", was published by Doubleday in the Fall of 2008.


Hooman Majd was born in 1957 in Tehran, Iran, and was educated in England and theUnited States.


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G. Rahmanian

Mr. Sadjadpour

by G. Rahmanian on

did brilliantly. He made excellent arguments AND counterarguments. Enjoyed listening to him.


Hooman Majed is a sympathizer of IRI and NIAC board member

by argebam on

One needs to read between the line, Hooman majed who looks cool but deep down he knows his relatives (He is related to Khamenei) will not be in power long. Karim is a think tank and a great nonbias analyst. The green movement is very alive. You can not have a theocracy in 21st century, this is given. We have always surprised ourselves, just remember 2009 uprising, no body expected it to be that impressive. We will prevail, no matter how hard the sympatizers/Lobbyists of IRI try. 

Historically we have seen this, when Arabs rulled Iran for 200 years, Barmakian were working in the Khalifas establishments and teaching them how to rule a country, Abu Muslim Khorasani, over throws one khalifa replacing with another, Babak Khoramdin wanted an end to the Arab envasion, eventually Iranians prevailed. I think NIACand Hooman need to hang it up and join the realities of 21st cetury.

Esfand Aashena

Interesting interview. I wrote a blog about it too.

by Esfand Aashena on

I wrote my blog here and thought Sadjadpour did a good job.  Majd did a good job of staying cool but had no substance, just clinging to old slogans. 

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