Congressional Panel Discussion - June 8, 2009

Engaging Iran: Opportunities and Obstacles

Muslim Iranian woman in burqa casts vote, photo courtesy of flickr/Amir Farshad Ebrahimi


Ambassador David Aaron
Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (Moderator)

Keith Crane
Director, RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program

Frederic Wehrey
Adjunct Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Alireza Nader
International Affairs Analyst, RAND Corporation


Monday, June 8, 2009


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Room 215 SVC Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, D.C.

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About the Program

The uncertain future of relations with Iran is one of the United States' most critical and high-profile foreign policy concerns. To effectively engage Iran, the United States must have a greater understanding of how Iran's complex internal dynamics impact its regional allies and the United States.

This panel will shed light on numerous topics including

  • Iran's internal decisionmaking
  • Iran's economic outlook
  • Iran's foreign policy, including interactions with neighboring countries.

Please join us for an in-depth discussion on key findings and recommendations from RAND's recent research.

Keith Crane is lead author of Imported Oil and U.S. National Security (2009) and Iran's Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities (2008).

Frederic Wehrey is lead author of Dangerous But Not Omnipotent: Exploring the Reach and Limitations of Iranian Power in the Middle East (2009); Saudi-Iranian Relations Since the Fall of Saddam: Rivalry, Cooperation, and Implications for U.S. Policy (2009); and The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (2009); and coauthor of Understanding Iran (Jerrold D. Green et al., 2009).

Alireza Nader is the coauthor (with Frederic Wehrey et al.) of Saudi-Iranian Relations and The Rise of the Pasdaran; and (with Keith Crane et al.) Imported Oil and U.S. National Security.

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