November 1, 2020
Discussion with Farahmand Kalayeh, Samuel Nima Shahan, and Iman Foroutan, PhD
Farahmand Kalayeh is an entrepreneur in Philadelphia, PA
Samuel Nima Shahan is a registered nurse and human rights activist in Virginia
Dr. Iman Foroutan is an entrepreneur and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for "The New Iran"
October 11, 2020
Discussion with Shayan Arya, Jessica Emami, PhD, and Hamed Salimi, MBA
Shayan Arya is an Iran expert, human rights activist, and a member of the Central Committee of the Constitutionalist Party of Iran (Liberal Democrat).
Jessica Emami, PhD is a sociologist and academician. Her areas of concentration are civic and political engagement of immigrants, the Iranian American diaspora, and globalization.
Hamed Salimi, MBA is a software engineer and sociopolitical analyst.
September 24, 2020
Discussion with Emanuele Ottolenghi, PhD
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is a senior fellow at FDD and an expert at FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power (CEFP) focused on Hezbollah’s Latin America illicit threat networks and Iran’s history of sanctions evasion. His research has examined Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its links to the country’s energy sector and procurement networks. His areas of expertise also include the EU’s Middle East policymaking, transatlantic relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Israel’s domestic politics. Prior to joining FDD, Emanuele headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels and taught Israel Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
August 23, 2020
Discussion with Richard Goldberg
Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at FDD. From 2019-2020, Richard served as the Director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction for the White House National Security Council. He previously served as chief of staff for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and deputy chief of staff and senior foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois in both the U.S. House and Senate.
August 4, 2020
Discussion with Alireza Nader and Michael Pregent
Alireza Nader is a senior fellow at the Foundations for Defense of Democracies focusing on Iran and U.S. policy in the Middle East. He also researches the Islamic Republic’s systematic repression of religious freedom and currently serves on ADL’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities.
Mike Pregent is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.