Since the election of the reformist President Mohammed Khatemi in Iran two years ago, Iran’s conservatives have engaged in a heated political battle with an active reformist movement calling for democratic initiatives. Kojo and guests discuss Iran’s national debate on the merits of democracy.


  • Gelareh Asayesh Author, "Saffron Sky: Life Between Iran and America"
  • Mahnaz Afkhami Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership and Foundation for Iranian Studies; also former Iranian Minister of State for Women's Affairs
  • Patrick Clawson Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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