Hadi Salehi Esfahani, CSAMES Director and Professor of Economics and Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing serious domestic and foreign challenges. Over the past decade, the economy has been stagnant or declining, unemployment has remained stubbornly high, rampant corruption has become increasingly evident, and constraints on personal freedom have continued. Meanwhile, external conflicts have intensified and the imposition of severe sanctions on Iran since 2018 under the Maximum Pressure policy of the US government has significantly added to the hardship of the population. In this context, public protests seem to have grown in frequency and intensity. In this talk, we examine the nature of these protests, their connections with domestic policies and foreign factors, and possible consequences.
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Yasmeen Serhan, “The Endorsement Iran’s Protesters Didn’t Want: For Autocratic Regimes, Foreign Sympathy for Demonstrations Is Akin to Intervention.” The Atlantic, January 15, 2020.