List of Interviews

Select list of persons interviewed in Iran
Names withheld by request


Dr. Abdol karim Biazar shirazi Chancellor, Islamic Religions University

Massoumeh Ebtekar Professor, Immunology Department, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modarres University; Vice-President (1997 – 2005), Islamic Republic of Iran; Head (1997 – 2005), Environmental Protection Organization of Iran

Azarakhsh Mokri, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tehran University of Medical Science

Anonymous Professor, University of Tehran


Ali, mid-30s Restaurateur, Tehran

Ahmed, 34 Businessman/Energy Sector, Tehran

Anonymous, 37 Computer Salesman/Entrepreneur Tehran

Mehdi, 27 Network Administrator/Small Business Owner, Esfahan, Shiraz and Tehran

Sami, 26 Entrepreneur, Esfahan and Tehran

Think Tanks and NGOs

Laleh Daraie National Coordinator, Small Grants Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Saied Ferdowsi Programme Analyst, Energy, Environment, and Disaster Management Cluster, United Nations Development Programme

Hamidreza Taherinakhost Clinical Psychologist, Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies

Anonymous International Agency, Tehran

Anonymous Women’s Rights Advocate, Tehran


Mostafa, late 30s Agricultural Professor, Tehran

Anonymous Medical Researcher – Drug Treatment Tehran

Anonymous Medical Researcher – Drug Treatment Tehran

Anonymous Physician, Esfahan

Anonymous Physician, Esfahan

Iranian Voices

Anahita, 23 Graduate Student, Tehran

Mehdi, 24 Graduate Student, Tehran

Sarah, mid-20s Tour Organizer, Tehran

Woman, 40s School Teacher, Tehran

Man, mid-60s Tour Guide, Tehran

Man, 50s Former Naval Officer; Driver Tehran

Man, 40s Scientist, Tehran

Man, 50s Diplomat, Tehran

Man, 67 Driver, Tehran

Man, mid-60s Driver, Tehran

Woman, 32 Nurse, Tehran

Woman, 30s Activist – Women’s Rights, Tehran

Man, 40s Taxi Driver, Tehran

Man, late 40s Shop Owner, Shiraz

Women, 20 and 23 Graduate Students, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz

Pega, 20 Student of Architectural Design Islamic Azad University, Shiraz

Woman, 21 Student of Architectural Design Islamic Azad University, Shiraz

Man, early 20s Software-Engineering Student, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz

Man, 50-60s Shopkeeper, Shiraz

Men, mid-20s Jobseekers, Shiraz

Sarah, 21 Student of English, Yazd

Maryam, 20 Student of English, Yazd

Men – 20, 20, and 22 Computer engineers, Yazd

Man, late 50s Occupation Unknown, Yazd

Man, 28 Entrepreneur, Yazd

Man, mid-50s Professor, Yazd

Hazera boy, 14-15 Student, Esfahan

Man, mid-40s Research Doctor, Esfahan

Men, early-mid 30s Accountants, Esfahan

Neguin, 30 Scholar, Caspian Coast


Azadeh Moaveni Tehran Correspondent, Time Magazine

Anonymous Journalist, Tehran

Religion and Culture

Anonymous Cleric, Qom


Persons interviewed in North America and Europe


Reza Aslan Doctoral Candidate, Sociology of Religions, University of California, Santa Barbara

William O. Beeman Chairperson, Anthropology Department University of Minnesota

Richard W. Bulliet Professor of Middle Eastern History, Middle East Institute, Columbia University

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo Visiting Scholar, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Member (2000-2004), Iranian Parliament

Bernard Haykel Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies New York University

Hossein Kamaly Librarian, Middle East and Jewish Studies, Columbia University Libraries

Alidad Mafinezam Director of Research, Mosaic Institute

Vali R. Nasr Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics, Naval Postgraduate School

Gary Sick Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University

Neguin Yavari Assistant Professor of History & Humanities, The New School for Social Research


Amir Farmanfarmaian Managing Director, Fortune Asset Management Ltd.

Nazanine Farmanfarmaian Designer, Tassoudji Designs

Salman Farmanfarmaian Principle, SCP Partners


Cyrus Amir-Mokri Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Think Tanks and NGOs

Mehdi Faridzadeh Founder and President, The International Society for Iranian Culture

Stephen Heintz President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Lt. Col (Ret.) Paul Hughes Senior Program Officer, Center for Post- Conflict Peace and Stability Operations, United States Institute for Peace

Priscilla Lewis Deputy Director, American Strategy Program, Director, U.S. in the World Initiative, New America Foundation

Genevieve Lynch Director, Kenbe Foundation, Co-Chair, the Pluralism Fund

Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri Project Manager, One Nation – With Liberty and Justice for All, Housed at the EastWest Institute

John Edwin Mroz Founder, President, and CEO, EastWest Institute

M. Baquer Namazi Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hamyaran Iran NGO Resource Center

Siamak Namazi Managing Director, Atieh Bahar Consulting

Trita Parsi Managing Director National Iranian American Council

Mohammad Reza Salamat Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Division of Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

David Speedie Special Advisor to the President and Director, Islam Project, Carnegie Corporation of NY

Stephen Tankel Coordinator of Studies, EastWest Institute

Anisseh Van Engeland Consultant, Action des Chrétiens Pour L’ Abolition de la Torture, Paris

U.S. Government

R. Nicholas Burns Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State

Suzanne Maloney, Ph.D Policy Planning Staff, Office of the Secretary, Department of State

Karen Volker Policy Planning Staff, Office of the Secretary, Department of State

Iranian Government

H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President, Islamic Republic of Iran

Bahman Naimiarfa First Counselor, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

H.E. Dr. M. Javad Zarif Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Mrs. Maryam Zarif Member, Network 20/20 International Committee

Anonymous Current Government Official, Islamic Republic of Iran


Godfrey Cheshire Film Critic, Independent Weekly

Roxane Farmanfarmaian Editor, Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Akbar Ganji Iranian Journalist and Writer

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