Karim Sadjadpour

Senior Fellow
Middle East Program
Karim Sadjadpour is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Iran and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.
 

Education

 

MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA, University of Michigan 

 

Languages

English; Italian; Persian; Spanish

 

Karim Sadjadpour is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Iran and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. He is a contributing writer at the Atlantic and a frequent guest on media outlets such as the PBS NewsHour, NPR, and CNN. He regularly advises senior U.S., European, and Asian officials, has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress, and is an advisor to the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on the Middle East.

He has written on Iran and the Middle East through the prism of cybersecurityneuroscience, cinema, satire, and sexuality, including two front cover stories for Time Magazine (international edition). He is currently writing a book on radicalism scheduled to be published by Random House/Knopf. He was previously an analyst with the International Crisis Group, based in Tehran and Washington.

He has lived in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East (including both Iran and the Arab world) and speaks Persian, Italian, Spanish, and proficient Arabic. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, teaching a class on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East.

  • Residents pass an Afghan flag flying on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
    August 18, 2021 Русский
    Afghanistan Under the Taliban

    Experts from throughout Carnegie’s global network assess the stark humanitarian toll, the regional ramifications, and the diplomatic challenges posed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

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  • Op-Ed Atlantic June 20, 2021
    Iran Stops Pretending

    Will Raisi’s anointment be remembered, as some historians have asserted, as a brazen authoritarian overreach that destroyed the Islamic Republic’s remaining legitimacy and hastened its demise?

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  • Op-Ed Atlantics March 25, 2021
    No Country Thrives on Instability Like Iran

    Before he became president, Joe Biden spent decades seeking reconciliation in the Middle East. By his second term as vice president, his frustration with feuding nations and factions was palpable.

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  • The Sinister Genius of Qassem Soleimani
    Op-Ed Wall Street Journal January 10, 2020
    The Sinister Genius of Qassem Soleimani

    Under Soleimani’s command, Iran became the only country in the region capable of harnessing both Shiite extremism and, at times, Sunni radicalism too.

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  • Why the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani Is a Windfall for Iran’s Mullahs
    Op-Ed TIME January 9, 2020 Русский
    Why the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani Is a Windfall for Iran’s Mullahs

    Inside the Islamic Republic, the impact of Soleimani’s death will take years to appreciate. But its immediate effect was to throw the regime a lifeline.

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  • The Iranian Hedgehog vs. the American Fox
    Op-Ed Atlantic June 21, 2019
    The Iranian Hedgehog vs. the American Fox

    When and if Tehran is ready to talk, the differences between Trump and Khamenei present further obstacles.

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  • The High-Stakes Confrontation Between Trump and Khamenei
    Op-Ed The Atlantic April 29, 2019
    The High-Stakes Confrontation Between Trump and Khamenei

    Neither leader appears to want escalating conflict—yet that’s precisely where things seem to be headed.

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  • The Return of Iranian Hard-Liners’ Favorite Moderate
    Op-Ed Atlantic March 7, 2019
    The Return of Iranian Hard-Liners’ Favorite Moderate

    Zarif’s considerable diplomatic talents, coupled with his lack of authority, have meant that history will more likely remember him as more an enabler rather than a restrainer.

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  • (Twitter) War with Iran?
    Podcast July 25, 2018
    (Twitter) War with Iran?

    Jen Psaki sat down with Carnegie scholar and Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour to discuss the impact of this week’s Twitter war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian officials, the future of Iran’s leaders, and President Trump’s approach to Iran policy. (Runtime - 12:52)

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  • How Trump Could Revive the Iranian Regime
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 29, 2018 Русский
    How Trump Could Revive the Iranian Regime

    While Iran’s positive political transformation may be a worthy goal, the Trump administration’s reckless execution of this strategy could serve to resuscitate an ailing regime.

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  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • The Middle East and the World in a Time of American Disengagement
    December 8, 2021 YouTube@CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    The Middle East and the World in a Time of American Disengagement

    Join us on Wednesday, December 8 from 17:45-19:15 EET for a public panel discussion with Dalia Dassa Kaye, Marwan Muasher, Karim Sadjadpour, Dmitri Trenin, Sinan Ülgen chaired by Michele Dunne.

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  • China in the Middle East: What Lies Ahead?
    May 27, 2021 Live Online
    China in the Middle East: What Lies Ahead?

    Conflict and instability in the Middle East show no signs of abating. Join us for a discussion featuring Paul Haenle, Karim Sadjadpour, and He Wenping on recent developments in China-Middle East relations and their implications for the United States.

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  • Carnegie Connects: The Biden Administration and Iran—Confrontation or Accommodation
    December 17, 2020 Washington, DC
    Carnegie Connects: The Biden Administration and Iran—Confrontation or Accommodation

    How do Tehran and Jerusalem intend to approach the new administration; what priorities, calculations, and attitudes will shift? And how will the Biden foreign policy team deal with the complex challenge of reentering and/or renegotiating the Iran nuclear accord?

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  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

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  • Regional Actors in the Emerging Middle East: Iran, Turkey, Israel, and the UAE
    December 15, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    Regional Actors in the Emerging Middle East: Iran, Turkey, Israel, and the UAE

    Held on Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST (5:30-7:00 p.m. Beirut). This panel will explore the rivalries among regional actors, such as Iran, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, and how these have contributed to regional tensions, destructive proxy wars, and surprising realignments.

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  • The World Reacts to a Biden Presidency: The View From Beijing, Brussels, and Tehran
    November 9, 2020 Live online
    Carnegie Connects: The World Reacts to a Biden Presidency

    Join us as three veteran scholars discuss how China, Europe, and Iran preview a Biden presidency, what they would expect, and how they might respond in the months ahead.

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  • The Killing of Soleimani and the Future of the Middle East
    January 22, 2020 Washington, DC
    The Killing of Soleimani and the Future of the Middle East

    The killing of Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani has sent shockwaves through Iran and the Middle East. What impact will his death have? And what will it mean for U.S. interests in the region?

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  • Trump’s Iran Escalation
    April 29, 2019 Washington, DC
    Trump’s Iran Escalation

    What is the likely outcome of the Trump administration’s escalating pressure campaign against Iran? How will Tehran react, and what lessons can be drawn from the last four decades of U.S.-Iran history?

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  • The Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran
    June 14, 2018 Washington, DC
    The Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran

    The Carnegie Middle East Program will host Iranian journalist Masih Alijenad for a discussion on her recently published memoir and women’s rights in Iran.

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