The Iran Conference

The NUFDI Iran Conference is the premier forum for Washington’s leading analysts, policymakers, experts, and activists from across the political spectrum to discuss Iran and Iran policy.

The 2023 Iran Conference will held in Fall of 2023.

2022 Speakers

The inaugural conference was held at the Mayflower Hotel on February 10, 2022. Watch the full video here.

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Amir Afkhami

Associate Professor, George Washington University

Masih Alinejad

TV Personality and Human Rights Campaigner

Nazenin Ansari

Managing Editor, Kayhan-London and Kayhan-Life

Arash Aramesh

Attorney and Democratic National Security analyst

Ladan Boroumand

Co-Founder, Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

Hanin Ghaddar

Friedmann Fellow, Washington Institute

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Senior Iran and Financial Economics Advisor, FDD

Marjan Greenblatt

Founder and Director, Alliance for Rights of All Minorities (ARAM)

Bernard Haykel

Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton

Brian Hook

Former US Special Envoy for Iran

Brian Katulis

Vice President for Policy, Middle East Institute (MEI)

Mehdi Ketabchy

University of Maryland, College Park

Mariam Memarsadeghi

Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Gabriel Noronha

Executive Director, Forum for American Leadership

Morgan Ortagus

Former State Department Spokesperson

Joel Rayburn

Fellow, New America Foundation

Michael Rubin

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Karim Sadjadpour

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Khosrow Semnani

Industrialist, Community Leader, and Philanthropist

Kaveh Shahrooz

Senior Fellow, MacDonald Laurier Institute

Ray Takeyh

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD)

Shaun Tandon

State Department, Correspondent Agence France-Presse (AFP)