Delegations For Dialogue hosts conference on Iran at Sciences Po

On the 23rd of November 2015 Delegations For Dialogue hosted a conference at Sciences Po, Paris. The title of the conference was "Iran: how will Capitalism and the Islamic Republic get along?" 

Following the comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear programme reached on the 14th of July 2015, sanctions imposed on Iran will be progressively lifted. With the door gradually reopening to the international community, numerous foreign business have expressed their intent to cultivate stronger develop trade and business relationships with their Iranian counterparts.

Nevertheless Ayatollah Khamenei has made it clear that the US will remain a foe, with or without sanctions relief : could  this perception undermine the “gold rush” announced by a number of economic analysts ? What will be the role of Islamic banking, which remains essential for the Iranians' acceptance of a religious economic paradigm, in tomorrow's Iran ? How far can the authorities foster an attractive business climate and liberalize the market without endangering the very foundations of the Islamic Republic ? What consequences will Iran’s opening have on the Iranian society, and how will these changes influence the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for the 26th of February 2016? Three speakers joined the cons

*** SPEAKERS ***

Ardavan AMIR-ASLANI. Lawyer and member of the Paris Bar, he has been developing a 20-year expertise in counselling States. He wrote various essays about Iran’s geopolitical and societal evolutions and he is a former Middle-East professor at HEC and the Ecole de Guerre Economique.

Sébastien REGNAULT. Management Sciences PhD and associate researcher at the "Management and society" CNRS lab. He lived in Tehran over the last ten years, and teaches at the Paris-Dauphine University and at Azad University of Tehran.

Thierry COVILLE. Research Fellow at IRIS (French research centre for international and strategic studies) and Professor of economics (macroeconomics, international economics and country risks analysis) at Novancia, a Business School belonging to the Paris Chamber of Commerce. He was a research fellow at the French Institute of Research in Iran from 1991 to 1994 and an associate research fellow at the Iran Department of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) from 1991 to 2006.

- The conference talk was moderated by Milad JOKAR, Iran specialist and associate researcher at  l'Institut Prospective et Sécurité de L'Europe (IPSE)

A video of the conference can be viewed here or below: