In the midst of bombastic rhetoric exchanged among Iran, Israel, and Western states over the nuclear issue, Iranian public opinion is often lost in the discussion. Where do the Iranian people stand? Iranian public opinion is seldom heard on topics such as the nuclear program, international sanctions, and a potential military strike.

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America and Stimson were pleased to welcome a lively panel discussion on public opinion in Iran. Drawing on polls from numerous sources, including recent surveys conducted inside Iran, as well as polls conducted by calling into Iran, the speakers analyzed Iranian attitudes on the country's nuclear program, nuclear weapons, international sanctions, and a potential military strike. The discussion also focused on how sanctions and military threats have shaped Iranian opinion toward their own government and the West.

The panel featured:

Ebrahim Mohseni
University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Dr. Colin H. Kahl
Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Steven Kull
Program on International Policy Attitudes

Geneive Abdo (moderator)
Stimson

Sebastian Gräfe (opening remarks)
Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America

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