In September 2022, a rare social uprising rocked one of the most tense and complicated regions of the world. Following the death in police custody of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, nationwide protests erupted across Iran that continued for months and garnered international attention. What came to be known as the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement highlighted the bravery and resilience of the Iranian people, especially the women who defied entrenched patriarchal structures to claim their trampled rights. This moment of social evolution in Iran represents a unique opportunity for the people of Iran and the United States to engage in a new dialogue, understand each other better and bridge the gaps in relations between their two countries. Watch this in-depth discussion with Iranian journalist Kourosh Ziabari at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning journalist from Iran, an Asia Times correspondent, and a Chevening Scholarship recipient. He is a 2022 World Press Institute fellow and an alumnus of the Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists fellowship at the United Nations. He is the recipient of a Professional Excellence Award from the Foreign Press Correspondents Association. Also, he is the silver winner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco and United Nations Correspondents Association’s Global Prize for Coverage of Climate Change. Ziabari was a finalist for three Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism in 2020, 2021, and 2022. His writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, The National Interest, openDemocracy, Middle East Institute, Middle East Eye, Atlantic Council, and The New Arab.
Presented in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Thanks to promotional sponsor the Middle East Policy Council.
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