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The Kurdish Roots of Iran’s Freedom Movement

January 26, 2023 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

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The Kurds have been a distinctive community within Iran for centuries, and their relationship with the central government has frequently been fraught. That relationship grew even more strained when an Iranian-Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, died under suspicious circumstances after morality police arrested her. The unprecedented anti-regime demonstrations that Amini’s death precipitated help make clear that the Kurds’ long struggle for representation in Iran is a microcosm of the struggles that millions of other disenfranchised Iranians also face. Please join the CSIS Middle East Program for a conversation on Kurdish identity in Iran, what it means in the wake of anti-government protests, and where things might go with Behrouz Boochani, Tara Azizi, and Jason Rezaian.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

Contact Information

  • Daniel Sharp
  • Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident), Middle East Program
Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Jason Rezaian
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Middle East Program

Behrouz Boochani

Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales & Senior Adjunct Research Fellow, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury

Tara Azizi

International Legal Director, Herischi Human Rights Law Center