The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace today announced that Karim Sadjadpour, a leading expert on Iran, has joined its Middle East and Nonproliferation programs as an associate.

Sadjadpour, who joins Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, will be based in the Endowment’s Washington, D.C., headquarters but will also work closely with its Middle East Center in Beirut.

“Karim has an exceptional feel for what's going on in Iran and a scholarly, judicious temperament,” said Carnegie Endowment President Jessica Mathews.  “The combination makes him both insightful and wise—key attributes in today’s critical, delicate situation vis-à-vis Iran and the broader Middle East.  Carnegie is extremely pleased to make this very important addition to its international team.”

A fluent Farsi speaker formerly based in Tehran, Sadjadpour has conducted interviews with hundreds of Iranian leaders, including senior officials, clerics, businessmen, intellectuals, dissidents and activists and is able to provide first-rate insight on the country, its politics, and policies including:

  • The internal political dynamics of Iran
  • U.S.-Iranian relations, notably the disputes over Iraq and Iran’s nuclear ambitions
  • United Nations Security Council sanctions, regarding Iran’s uranium enrichment program
  • Broader Nonproliferation and Middle East topics, such as regional stability and Iran’s role in the Middle East
  • Civil Society, human rights, and political reform in the Middle East

Sadjadpour frequently briefs U.S. and EU officials on Iranian and Middle Eastern affairs, including testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the European Political and Security Committee in Brussels.  He is a frequent contributor to BBC World, CNN, the Lehrer News Hour, and National Public Radio, and has published pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, The New Republic, and others.

“Carnegie’s non-partisan scholarship and commitment to being the first global think tank make it an ideal fit for me,” said Sadjadpour.  “Our Beirut center is a great perch from which to probe the Middle East and better understand Iran’s regional role, and Carnegie’s scholars in Brussels, Moscow, and Beijing are a tremendous asset in helping explore diplomatic ways to resolve the Iranian nuclear predicament.”    


  1. To schedule an interview with Sadjadpour, please contact Trent Perrotto, 202/939-2372,
  2. To read Sadjadpour’s May 18, 2006 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, please visit
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