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ICYMI: Senior Iranian exile to U.S. Jews: Target regime change rather than nuclear program

June 8, 2012 by Amanda Schnetzer

As reported in this recent Haaretz.com article, Iranian dissident Mohsen Sazegara told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations that the United States should refocus efforts towards changing the regime in Iran and away from Iran’s nuclear program. Sazegara told the gathering that Iran is “on the brink of implosion” due to international sanctions and government mismanagement. He urged a policy focused on connecting with the Iranian people and encouraging a change in the regime. Mohsen Sazegara is an Iranian dissident, writer, and political activist.  He is also a Visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute. He was a founding member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and key aide to Ayatollah Khomeini before becoming disillusioned with Iran’s regime and its brutal repression of Iran’s people. His reformist policies eventually resulted in his arrest in early 2003, after which he left the country. He has since actively worked for freedom and democracy in Iran and has become a major figure in the country’s Green Movement. To read the full Haaretz article, click here.  Sazegara’s interview with the Freedom Collection, a living archive of the global struggle for human freedom, can be accessed here. This post was written by Amanda Schnetzer, Director of Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute.


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Amanda Schnetzer
Amanda Schnetzer

Amanda Schnetzer serves as Fellow, Global Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Previously, Amanda served as Director Global Initiatives after serving as founding director of the Human Freedom Initiative. In this role, she was responsible for developing innovative research, programmatic, and policy efforts to advance societies rooted in political and economic freedom and to empower women to lead in their communities and countries.

Amanda has twenty years of experience in the international arena and a background in public policy research and analysis, public affairs, and management of diverse, high-level stakeholders. As senior fellow and director of studies at Freedom House in New York, Amanda guided research for the organization’s definitive studies of freedom. She began her career at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, supporting research on U.S. foreign policy and international politics. Amanda is a published writer and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds degrees from Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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