Tonight (March 29) we will be having a guest speaker in our Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare class: Amir Abbas Fakhravar, President of the Confederation of Iranian Students.
Mr Fakhravar is a research fellow at IWP and is a leading figure in Iran’s fragmented secular opposition to the Islamic Republic regime. He is a former political prisoner, and many of his colleagues, friends, and even family members either have been, or presently are political prisoners in Iran.
He’s going to spend the evening with you to talk about the “network-centric” aspect of public diplomacy and political warfare as it pertains to Iran – and how the US and other democracies have low-cost, high-impact options concerning Iran, changing the regime without resorting to another war.
Mr Fakhravar is engaging, informative and controversial. He can not only describe the situation in Iran today and the nature of the opposition, but can offer his well-founded perspectives on US policy and lack thereof, and many options that remain on the table. He is also experienced with US international broadcasting into Iran in the Persian language, and the difficulties the United States has had in maintaining a coherent message to the Iranian people.
This will be an eye-opening, no-holds-barred evening with one of the leading Iranian political warfare practitioners today.
See his news website (in Persian): CISpress.net.
Also see a support site in English, now dormant, but informative: IranChannel.org. Peruse this site to get a look at the various form of resistance that Iranians have been taking, and how the opposition communicates with one another. Also check out the “How To” tab for some neat tactical ideas.