Transalantic Forum: “Iran: Transitions and Turning Points Over the Last Twenty Years and Prospects for the Near Future.”
with Kian Tajbakhsh, Visiting Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)
The French-American Foundation Transatlantic Forum hosted a dinner discussion on the following topic: “Iran: Transitions and Turning Points Over the Last Twenty Years and Prospects for the Near Future.”
Kian Tajbakhsh is an Iranian-American scholar (Ph.D., Columbia University), with over twenty-five years of experience in civil society capacity building, human rights and democracy promotion as well as in the areas of local government reform and urbanization. He was the Soros Foundation’s representative in Iran in the 2000s where he directed several projects.
He was one of the Iranian-American dual citizens arrested in Iran during the Green Movement protests in 2009 and detained for several years. He is currently at Columbia University, as a Fellow in the Committee on Global Thought and Visiting Professor of Urban Planning. He has published essays and academic articles including (editor and translator) Social Capital: Trust, Development and Democracy (Tehran, 2006, in Persian); The Promise of the City (Berkeley: University of California Press 2001.); (co-editor) City Diplomacy: The role of local governments in conflict prevention, peace-building (The Hague, 2008). He is currently completing a book entitled The Search for Local Democracy: political decentralization and urban planning in Iran.