Fri 21 Oct 2016, 2:30PM Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Iran: The Road Ahead

A conference and festival on Iran’s domestic challenges, regional developments and their implications for citizens, civil society and the outside world.
Fri 21 Oct 2016, 2:30PM
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179 , 1019 HC Amsterdam Amsterdam
Entrance: € 14,50

2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Zamaneh Media. These 10 years have seen major developments in Iran and in the region. Telling examples include the Green Movement in 2009 and more recently the Iran Nuclear Deal. But instead of looking back, Zamaneh wants to celebrate this milestone with you all and look ahead. Ahead at all the opportunities as well as challenges that the next 10 years will bring for Iran and the wider region. Join us for a packed event with music, art, cinema, food, stands, keynotes by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and European Parliament member Marietje Schaake and many exciting panels. The night will be closed with a smashing set by DJ Amir Ghavami.

[Early bird tickets are on sale until September 30 for €14,50 – regular tickets will be on sale from October 1 for €19,50]


The Changing Regional Order: The Middle East is a region in turmoil. ISIS and the wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya are amongst the most recent displays of the perpetual violence and instability in the region. While it can be argued that the nuclear deal with Iran is a result of this instability, the deal in turn has an impact on the regional order as well. Case in point recent Saudi-Iranian tensions. This panel explores Iranian perceptions of different regional conflicts and the role Iran plays in them. The ambitious aim is to find roads away from violence and towards cooperation between regional powers.

Iran’s Domestic Challenges: While the nuclear deal has started to ease some of the tensions between Iran and the West, it has thus far not substantially impacted domestic politics in Iran. While this deal was a campaign promise of President Rouhani, it was only one amongst many, very few of which have substantially materialized. 2015 has in fact been the worst year in recent history in terms of human rights in Iran. Looming in the background, particularly around the upcoming elections in 2017, is the succession issue (what happens after Khamenei dies). We will explore what is to be expected in the coming years. Will international rapprochement aid human rights in Iran? How do we expect the factional strife to play out? What can the role of the outside world be in the support of human rights in Iran?

Women’s Leadership in Iran: Despite many efforts – even despite the fact that a majority of students in Iranian higher education is female – political, social and economic leadership in Iran remains male domain. At the same time, many Iranian women have important social, economic and political roles in many Western countries. No less than 4 Persian media organizations in Western countries now have female leadership (VOA Persian, Euronews Persian, BBC Persian and Zamaneh Media). However, to date these trends in the diaspora have not yet seen the ripple effect into Iran many had hoped for. In this panel, we will explore what obstacles prohibit women from rising to the top in Iran and we’ll analyze what Iranian civil society in exile can (and cannot) do to promote gender equality in Iran.

The conference will be in English, but the first (pre-event) session will be a debate in Persian (at 14:30).

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