UNDER PRESSURE: THE IRANIAN REGIME

Michael Singh, Managing Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Michael SinghPartial to bellicose anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric and boasting a burgeoning nuclear program, the Iranian regime often makes headlines for its aggressiveness. However, recent internal political rifts and economic woes may indicate cracks in the regime’s stability. In the latest parliamentary elections, supporters of Supreme Leader Khamenei claimed a victory, illustrating deepening divides between Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad. The latest rounds of international sanctions do not take full effect until July, but they are already damaging Iran’s oil revenues. How do these external political and economic pressures influence Iran’s policies, and what does the threat of an Israeli or American strike mean for Iran’s future? What are the effects of an unstable Iran on the region and the world? Join The Chicago Council and Michael Singh for a discussion on the outlook for the Iranian regime. 

Michael Singh is managing director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. Previously, Singh served as special assistant to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and was staff assistant to then ambassador Daniel Kurtzer at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He taught at Harvard University, served as an adjunct fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and directed the Kennedy School's Iran Negotiations Working Group. Singh is a member of the Harvard International Review's Board of Advisors, and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. He is a regular contributor to ForeignPolicy.com, and appears frequently on media outlets such as Fox News, NBC, CBS, and the BBC. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University. 

 

Additional Resources

  • Read his op-ed in The Washington Post
  • Read his blog post in Foreign Policy

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

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