When discussing and analyzing Iran, researchers and journalists often don’t look beyond Tehran. But outside of Iran’s Persian heartland, lives a complex mosaic of ethnic groups. Western assessments of the clerical regime’s stability could benefit markedly from a better grasp of the ethnic factor and developments in Iran’s border regions. Who are these ethnic minority groups? How does the regime in Iran treat them? What are their views on today’s most pressing issues from neighboring disputes to sanctions and normalization? What may their role be in the future of Iran?
To answer these and related questions, FDD released a new monograph Iran is More than Persia: Ethnic Politics in the Islamic Republic. To mark its release, the monograph’s author Dr. Brenda Shaffer joins former intelligence analysts and leading experts, and journalists for a discussion on Iran’s demographic composition, how the regime in Iran treats their minority populations, and why understanding this complex landscape should matter to the West.
— FDD (@FDD) April 28, 2021