Karim Sadjadpour and the Future of Iran at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert, gestures as he speaks onstage at the Museum auditorium. Noah Rauch, senior vice president for education and public programs, sits beside him, holding a clipboard.
Karim Sadjadpour participating in a public program at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Monika Graff, 9/11 Memorial.

Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Iran expert, spoke last Thursday at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to provide his perspective on Iran’s influence both regionally and globally.

Engaging in a discussion with Noah Rauch, senior vice president for education and public programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Sadjadpour unpacked Iran’s policies that run counter to U.S. interests and threaten to destabilize the region.

In the clip below, Sadjadpour offers his prediction on the future of the Iran nuclear deal:

“I think what’s most likely to happen if we try to change our terms of the deal, or if we pull out of the deal, the Iranians will say, ‘Okay, you’ve reneged on your end of the deal. We’re going to reconstitute our program.’ But I would argue the Iranians are shrewd enough not to go from zero to a hundred. So they’ll put their foot on the gas, they’ll go from zero to twenty in a way that kind of creates fissures within the P5+1, within the international community. And the danger here is that, as I said, you know even if they’re going twenty miles an hour, they’re gradually inching their car closer to Nuclearville.”

To watch the program in full, please visit 911memorial.org/live.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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