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Spiral of Resistance: The Effect of Coercive Diplomacy on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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Spiral of Resistance: The Effect of Coercive Diplomacy on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Seminar
Series: Iran Project Director’s Seminar
Harvard Affiliates - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 28, 2014
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Related Project: Iran Project

Description:

Iran Project Director’s Seminar with Ebrahim Mohseni, Center for International and Security Studies at U. of Maryland (CISSM).

The United States has relied on coercive diplomacy and sanctions to change the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979. These sanctions were further intensified after the full extent of Iran’s nuclear program came to surface in 2002 with the explicit aim of persuading Iran to “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.”  The conventional wisdom in most western capitals is that if sanctions exercise enough ‘bite’ on the Iranian public, they would in turn exert political pressure on Iranian officials to force either a change in their behavior or their removal altogether. Yet, despite falling economic growth rates, hyperinflation, and soaring unemployment rates, neither the Iranian government nor the Iranian people have conceded to western demands on Iran’s nuclear program. Ebrahim Mohseni, who has studied Iranian public opinion in various capacities since 2006, will rely on a recently conducted and yet undisclosed public opinion survey in addition to other public opinion surveys from Iran to discuss Iranian public attitudes toward Iran’s nuclear program and its current negotiations with P5+1, as well as the effect sanctions have had on these attitudes.

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Speaker Info:

Ebrahim Mohseni is a Research Associate at Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), a Lecturer on the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, and a Senior Analyst at University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research. Mohseni has been studying Iranian public opinion on key national and international issues since 2006. Before joining CISSM, he was a Research Associate at the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) where he, along with other senior staff, conducted in-depth surveys on issues of international significance in more than 40 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, the United States, Russia, China, and EU member countries. Mohseni is also the co-author of “People and the Tenth Election,” which investigates Iranian people’s voting behavior in the tenth presidential election of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mohseni defended his PhD dissertation in June, 2014, has a Masters of Public Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis from the University of Maryland. He also has Bachelors degrees in Political Science and in Economics. He is fluent in Farsi and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Turkish.

Contact:

Iran Project Director
Dr. Payam Mohseni
79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 126
Cambridge, MA 02138
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: payam_mohseni@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-4793