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Speaking on Fox News’ Special Report, Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour discussed the economic, social, and political discontents that have given rise to the Iranian protests and the current regime’s determination to stay in power. Sadjadpour compared the lack of unity amongst protestors and their disparate demands with the unity of the regime’s security forces. He concludesby stating that in 1979 Iran experienced a revolution without democracy, and today it seeks democracy without a revolution.
The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.