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.


  • 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.

  • WBUR Here and Now January 5, 2015
    Congress to Vote on Iran Sanctions in January

    If a nuclear deal with Iran is not reached within the next six months, Congress is intent on passing new sanctions.

  • NPR December 30, 2014
    Obama Conciliatory Toward Iran in NPR Interview

    Rapprochement with Iran or, at the minimum, a nuclear deal with Iran would be a significant part of Obama’s foreign policy legacy. The big question is whether Iran’s leadership is interested in that rapprochement.

  • Marketplace November 24, 2014
    What Might Happen After Iran Sanctions Are Lifted

    The Iranian nuclear program can at best provide only two percent of Iran’s energy needs. It is an economic catastrophe when compared to the lost foreign investment, oil revenue, and sanctions.

  • Charlie Rose November 24, 2014
    Iranian Nuclear Talks

    A big challenge for the Iranian nuclear negotiations is finding a technical resolution to what is really a political conflict.

  • NPR August 31, 2014
    Syrian Crisis Complicates U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks

    Both the United States and Iran have a major interest in curtailing the rise of radical Sunni groups like ISIS.

  • NPR’s Here and Now July 22, 2014
    Why Iran Nuclear Talks Failed To Meet Deadline

    There was a fundamental mismatch of expectations between the United States and Iran over what a comprehensive deal would entail when the interim nuclear deal was reached in November 2013.

  • 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.

  • September 12, 2014 Washington, DC
    Middle East in Turmoil: Can It Recover?

    Today’s Middle East is grappling with failed states, civil wars, brazen autocracies, and terror groups such as ISIS. Is this the region’s new normal, and is there a viable U.S. strategy to reverse these trends?

  • September 10, 2014 Washington, DC
    Unlikely Allies: U.S.-Iranian-Saudi Cooperation in the Persian Gulf

    The threat of radical non-state actors, such as the Islamic State, has created an apparent convergence of interests between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

  • May 14, 2014 Washington, DC
    The Success and Failures of the Arab Revolutions: A Discussion With Gilles Kepel

    Gilles Kepel, William McCants, and Karim Sadjadpour assess the shifting dynamics of the Arab revolutions and their potential future trajectory.

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