Over the past two weeks, Iran has witnessed the most widespread mass protests in the country since the Green Movement in 2009. Significantly, these protests seem to have emerged spontaneously and without organization by any particular group, reflecting instead a range of popular grievances, in particular with the state of the economy and corruption among the country’s political elite. 

Four experts examine the causes of the protests and what implications they may have for Iran’s regional ambitions, domestic political rivalries, and future for human rights.