Iran in Context

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Panelists included Laura Secor and Homman Majd


On February 23, 2016, the Center hosted the hour-long "Iran in Context," during which two journalists who reported extensively on Iran over the past decade discussed the country's parliamentary elections, the role of women in Iranian society, and the country's nuclear deal with the United States. 

Laura Secor, author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, and Hooman Majid, an Iranian-American journalist and author of three books on Iran, also shared insights on the country's relationship with Russia, its involvement in the fight against ISIS, and its leaders' views on the 2016 American presidential candidates. 

The event took place just three days before Iranian voters cast ballots to elect members of Tehran's 290-seat parliament and 88-member Assembly of Experts. 


Watch a video of the entire discussion below:

Laura Secor is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and other publications. She has served as a staff editor for the New York Times Op-Ed page, a reporter for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, and as acting executive editor of the American Prospect. She was an editor and writer for Lingua Franca magazine from 1997-2001. She was a 2008-2009 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin both in the fall 2009 and spring 2013. Her most recent book, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran chronicles Iran's reform movement. 

Hooman Majd was born in Tehran, Iran in 1957, and lived abroad from infancy with his family who were in the diplomatic service. He’s authored New York Times bestselling book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ (2008), The Ayatollahs’ Democracy (2010) & The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay (2013). Majd has also written for GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, among others.