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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • October 17, 2013 Beijing
    Iran’s Charm Offensive and Regional Implications

    Iran’s leadership recently agreed to resume P5+1 negotiations over its nuclear program after over a decade of economic sanctions.

  • October 11, 2013 Washington, DC
    Can Rouhani Change Iran?

    Is Tehran seeking a tactical nuclear compromise or even contemplating a fundamental strategic shift? How would a détente with America affect Iran’s internal political and societal dynamics?

  • September 18, 2013 Washington, DC
    Raising the Stakes on Syria: The U.S. Policy Debate and Regional Dynamics

    In the wake of President Obama’s national address, U.S. allies and adversaries are struggling to assess the implications of the Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons and what Washington’s next steps will be on Syria.

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