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Iran: Governance and Nuclear Development
May 4-5, 2005

Iran's nuclear intentions raise questions about who is making such consequential decisions, and why. Nuclear decision making in other countries tends to be shrouded in secrecy, is often driven by hidden interests, can be used for domestic political advantage, and so on. In Iran, the situation is complicated by a number of factors: the setbacks for democratic reform dealt by religious authorities, the unclear role of the scientific and industrial establishment, genuine security concerns, nationalism, the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and now the growing worldwide opprobrium Iran faces for its nuclear activities. These issues are intertwined, with the setback for reform and the possible drive for nuclear weapons constituting a double-edged crisis reinforcing each other and posing fundamental questions about who rules Iran.



Hadi Semati,
Teheran University (keynote address)

Ali Banuazizi,
Boston College

Farideh Farhi,
University of Hawaii

Farhad Kazemi,
New York University

Ali Mostashari,

Vali Nasr,
Naval Postgraduate School

Gary Sick,
Columbia University

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini,

Shai Feldman,
Brandeis University

Juan Cole,
University of Michigan



Massachusetts Institute of Technology