Iran Advisory Group

The Iran Advisory Group convenes Iranian scholars living outside Iran, U.S. and E.U. current and former officials, and internationally renowned experts on a bi-annual basis. It is co-sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Stimson Center. In addition to the expert workshops, the project partners frequently organize public events on current Iran-related developments.

Assessing Iran's Role in the Middle East

The Iran Advisory Group convened its 10th meeting on May 30, 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon. The seminar shed some light on the impact the domestic dynamics under President Rouhani have on Iran’s regional policy agenda.

[VIDEO] Growing Opposition to President Hassan Rouhani: Is the Honeymoon Ending?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeing escalating public criticism from Iran's conservative factions, once seemingly stifled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Will Rouhani's presidency follow in the footsteps of the Mohammad Khatami era? HBS and the Stimson Center hosted a panel discussion on the shifting internal political dynamics in Iran.

[VIDEO] Understanding Iranian Public Opinion

In the midst of bombastic rhetoric exchanged among Iran, Israel, and Western states over the nuclear issue, Iranian public opinion is seldom heard on topics such as the nuclear program, international sanctions, and a potential military strike. Where do the Iranian people stand? Watch the discussion of Iranian Public Opinion hosted by HBF and the Stimson Center.

Iran Diplomacy: Letter from Berlin

As talks near on Iran's nuclear program, Tehran should know that European officials' views are somewhere in the middle between America's caution and Israel's alarm. Article by Genieve Abdo and Sebastian Graefe on

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Placing Human Rights Violations in Iran on Top of the Foreign Policy Agenda

As more time passes since the disputed June 2009 election in Iran that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, the Iranian regime’s campaign of repression against its own citizens deepens. Now more than ever, the segment of the Iranian population seeking positive change feels depleted and disillusioned. This report focuses on the desires of Iranians who are directly involved in the opposition movement or who support the movement regarding the steps governments should take to pressure Iran on its human rights violations.