Karim Sadjadpour

Senior Associate
Middle East Program
Sadjadpour, a leading researcher on Iran, has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.



MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA, University of Michigan 



English; Italian; Persian; Spanish


Karim Sadjadpour is a senior 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, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

He is a regular contributor to BBC TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, and Al-Jazeera, and he has appeared on the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Fox News Sunday, and the Colbert Report, among others. He contributes regularly to publications such as the Economist, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Policy.

Frequently called upon to brief 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, including a 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.


  • FRIDE May 27, 2015
    Iran in the Middle East: Leveraging Chaos

    Iran today remains a country of enormous but unfulfilled potential. And unless and until Tehran starts to privilege its national interests before revolutionary ideology, both the Iranian people and those in its regional crosshairs will continue to suffer the consequences.

  • Op-Ed Washington Post April 3, 2015
    We’ve Reached a ‘Nuclear Framework’ With Iran. So Now What?

    Based on the U.S. version of the agreement, it looks stronger than many anticipated. If the Iranians are working off the same document, it will be very difficult for critics of the agreement to argue they have a better alternative.

  • Iranian President Rowhani Salutes Journalists.
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy Association February 16, 2015
    On Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

    Regional conflicts exacerbate the animosity and mistrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which in turn exacerbate the regional conflicts.

  • Syria in Crisis December 29, 2014
    The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch

    Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.

  • Year in Crisis December 10, 2014
    Day in the Life

    Who are our experts? A behind-the-scenes video series.

  • Op-Ed Wall Street Journal November 24, 2014
    With Talks Extended, Risks in Additional U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

    The intent of U.S. policy should be to deter Iran’s nuclear advancement, not provoke it.

  • Testimony House Foreign Affairs Committee November 20, 2014
    The Risk of Premature Sanctions

    Congressional sanctions should be conceived in order to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, not provoke them.

  • Op-Ed Daily Star August 27, 2014 中文
    Iran Has Great Potential, Which It Squanders

    Unless and until Iran prioritizes national and economic interests before revolutionary ideology, it will continue to remain a country with enormous but squandered potential.

  • Sada Discussion Threads August 6, 2014 عربي
    Reconciling the Irreconcilable

    An exasperated Iranian public and international community had unrealistic hopes that Rouhani, a pragmatic regime insider, had both the will and ability to bring fundamental change.

  • Article June 10, 2014 عربي Русский
    Iran: Syria’s Lone Regional Ally

    For Tehran, the Syrian conflict is at the center of an ideological, sectarian, and geopolitical struggle against a diverse array of adversaries.

  • Fox News Sunday June 28, 2015
    U.S. Willing to Walk Away From a Bad Nuclear Deal With Iran?

    As the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, the outcome of the ongoing negotiations remains uncertain.

  • Houthi Checkpoint in Yemen
    CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS April 12, 2015
    Is the Middle East on the Verge of All-out War?

    As global powers discuss the Iran deal and war continues in Yemen, many are worried that the Middle East might be on the verge of an all-encompassing war.

  • Iran Foreign Minister Zarif
    France 24 English April 7, 2015
    Iran Nuclear Talks: Settlement Will Hopefully Lead to Lifting of Sanctions

    The Iran deal reached last week has created a moment of cautious optimism. The agreement exceeded expectations, but a final deal has yet to be reached.

  • Iran Flag and Missile
    KCRW’s To the Point April 3, 2015
    Can Tehran and Washington Seal the Deal?

    The Iran deal signed last week is significant. However, major obstacles and serious concerns among regional countries remain.

  • PBS’ NewsHour April 2, 2015
    Can Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement Win Over Skeptics in Washington and Tehran?

    The nuclear program framework agreed to by Iran and six world powers would limit that country’s uranium enrichment and its number of centrifuges. After verification, the European Union, the UN, and the United States would lift sanctions.

  • Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
    Charlie Rose March 31, 2015
    Iran’s Nuclear Program

    The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran face significant obstacles, including domestic politics in Iran and the opposition of the hardliners.

  • WBUR’s Here & Now March 3, 2015
    Netanyahu Assails Iran-Nuclear Talks In Congress Address

    Netanyahu’s speech to the Congress makes it harder for the administration to sell a nuclear deal in the United States.

  • WBUR Here and Now February 20, 2015
    What To Expect, As United States And Iran Resume Nuclear Talks

    Failed talks on Iran’s nuclear program could lead to a managed irresolution, where the two sides fail to meet in the same place but also recognize that it is in the best interests of both parties to have the talks keep going.

  • European Council on Foreign Relations January 15, 2015
    Iran In The Regional Order

    While the United States and Iran have shared numerous adversaries, such as the Soviet Union, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and now the Islamic Staet, the strategic enmity between the two countries has prevailed.

  • KCRW’s To The Point January 9, 2015
    A Moment of Opportunity in U.S.-Iranian Relations?

    While Iranian president Hassan Rouhani represents the popular opinion of a population that wants to be integrated with the outside world, the main levers of power in Iran are all controlled by the office of the Supreme Leader.

  • April 28, 2015 Washington, DC
    Iran: Lessons from History

    Could a potential nuclear deal strengthen the country’s civil society and private sector and bring about meaningful political reform?

  • April 13, 2015
    The Regional Implications of the Deal

    It remains to be seen whether the Iran nuclear deal will encourage Tehran to pursue a more aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East, with potentially significant regional consequences.

  • April 13, 2015 Washington, DC
    The Iran Nuclear Deal

    What are the short and long-term obstacles to finalizing and sustaining a nuclear deal with Iran, and how would a U.S.-Iran nuclear détente impact ongoing conflicts and long-standing alliances in the Middle East?

  • January 26, 2015 Washington, DC
    Roger Cohen in Conversation With Karim Sadjadpour

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will discuss his acclaimed new book, a moving memoir of his family’s long struggle with displacement, exile, anti-semitism, and apartheid, and how these same themes continue to haunt the contemporary Middle East.

  • December 16, 2014 Washington, DC
    What Fuels Global Jihadism?

    The recent Senate report about the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists renews important questions about the most effective and ethical means to counter the threat of global jihadism.

  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Outcome of the Iran Talks and the Next Steps

    Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have agreed to extend the talks on Iran’s nuclear program to June 2015. Many issues are still to be solved, such as establishing a formula for verifiably limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity as well as an acceptable process for relieving sanctions. Still, all parties to the talks have stressed the need to reach a comprehensive agreement.

  • November 9, 2014 Washington, DC
    Rosewater Film Screening and Discussion with Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart

    Rosewater, a 2014 film written and directed by Jon Stewart, is based on the memoir by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari about his time in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

  • October 29, 2014
    The Iran Factor and Regional Calculations

    This panel assessed Iranian interests and influence in the region in the context of the fight against the Islamic State and the continuing Syrian civil war.

  • October 22, 2014
    China-Middle East Relations: Beyond Energy?

    Despite challenges like terrorism and intraregional conflict, the United States and China remain invested in the Middle East and should work together with regional actors to manage instability.

  • September 23, 2014 Washington, DC
    Carnegie Open House

    An opportunity to learn about Carnegie’s role in public policy and international relations, working in a think tank, and Carnegie’s Junior Fellows Program.

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