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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

Jon B. 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