Post-Corona Iran: The Question of Model and Role

EPC | 03 Jun 2020
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While Iran was severely suffering from American economic sanctions in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (the nuclear deal) in May 2018, the country was hit hard by a new crisis due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Iran was not only the first Middle Eastern country to be hit by coronavirus but it was also one of the most affected nations by the pandemic at the regional level. The Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis was first reflected in government’s policies of denial, then in the adoption of the conspiracy theory, and finally in pursuing inconsistent policies in dealing with the health, social and economic consequences of the crisis; thereby increasing the rift between the public and the regime. The coronavirus crisis has multiplied problems for the Iranian regime and complicated challenges facing it, which is likely to have potential impact on Tehran’s domestic and foreign policies.
To discuss the various consequences of the coronavirus crisis on Iran, EPC organizes a webinar titled “Post-Corona Iran: the Question of Model and Role” to deal with the consequences of the American economic sanctions and coronavirus crisis for Iran’s political model and the redistribution of power in its political environment; the country’s economy and its domestic development plans ; Tehran’s rentier policies, and the ability of the Iranian regime to continue its crackdown against social protest movements. The Webinar will also touch upon the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Iran’s regional influence and relationship with its major friendly powers such as China and Russia, as well as, on the future Iranian-American relations and the contentious issues between the two countries, especially the nuclear deal.

The webinar will be live streamed on the center’s account on all various social media platforms as well as on its YouTube channel. While the webinar will be in English, there will be an Arabic interpretation for the event. Anyone who would like to attend the webinar via Zoom application can join the event by clicking on the following link:



Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 9:00-10:15 pm UAE local time (5:00-6:15 pm GMT).


Dr. Mehdi Khalaji, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His interests are focused on Shiite politics in the Middle East. He taught philosophy at the University of Qom and has done much research on modern intellectual and philosophical developments in Iran and the Muslim and Western worlds.

Alex Vatanka, Director of Iran Program and Senior Fellow at Middle East Institute in Washington with a particular focus on Iran’s domestic and regional policies. He is also a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the US Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field

Dr. Javad Salehi Isfahani, Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. His research focuses on demographic economics, energy economics, and the economics of Iran and the Middle East.


Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center.

Venue Details

Video conference.