September 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Zoom Webinar

For more than forty years, Iran has experienced tribulations, many self-inflicted, that have threatened its stability and regional influence. With instability on several of its borders, strained international relations, and precarious domestic conditions, both internal and external dynamics illustrate these challenges and help illuminate the driving factors behind Iran’s state of affairs. The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to hold a panel discussion featuring contributors to The Middle East Journal’s 2021 Summer Issue. The pieces discussed include a background briefing on Afghan-Iranian geopolitical relations and an article on the foreign policy drivers of populism in Iran.. 

The Middle East Journal, first printed in 1947, is the oldest peer-reviewed publication in North America dedicated solely to the study of the modern Middle East. To subscribe to the journal and access the publications that will be discussed at this event, please visit


Manochehr Dorraj 
Professor of Political Science, Texas Christian University

Ali Jalali
Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan; distinguished professor, National Defense University

Mahmood Monshipouri
Professor of International Relations, San Francisco State University

Fatemeh Aman, moderator  
Non-resident scholar, MEI