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.


  • 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.

  • Charlie Rose Show July 16, 2014
    No Alternative to Negotiations With Iran

    Even if the gaps in diplomacy appear quite large, there’s no great alternative to a continuation of negotiations with Iran.

  • NPR’s All Things Considered January 19, 2014
    Iran To Take First Step Toward Long-Term Deal

    There is a mismatch of expectations between America and Iran in terms of what a comprehensive deal should look like. The United States expects Iran to drive its nuclear program further in reverse, while Iran expects America to lift all of the sanctions.

  • NPR’s Morning Edition November 25, 2013
    Does Nuclear Deal With Iran Go Far Enough?

    Under the new nuclear deal, the broad sanctions architecture remains. Iran’s oil industry is still under sanctions, and if indeed Iran wants to emerge from that isolation, it’s going to require some consistent nuclear compromise.

  • CNN November 25, 2013
    Iran Nuclear Deal: A Moment for Cautious Optimism

    While the Iran nuclear deal offers a potential nuclear détente, the United States and Iran are not on the verge of a rapprochement just yet.

  • CNN’s Middle East Marketplace November 24, 2013
    Iran Nuclear Deal

    Both pressure and diplomacy were essential in pushing Iran to the negotiating table and reaching an interim nuclear deal.

  • BBC Newsnight November 24, 2013
    Nuclear Agreement Reached: Will Iran Deliver?

    The success of nuclear agreements are judged over a period of months and years, not over a period of minutes.

  • Agenda with Steve Paikin November 4, 2013
    Navigating Through Iran’s Charm Offensive

    Though the diplomatic thaw between Iran and the West is a significant step forward, it remains to be seen whether Iran wants a rapprochement with the United States and will fundamentally change its foreign and domestic policy.

  • NPR September 28, 2013
    Obama-Rouhani Phone Conversation Is A 30-Year First

    President Obama’s historic phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the first step in what could be a very long journey between the two countries.

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