Panel Discussion 2018

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Iran: Prospect for Change

Maryam Rajavi is widely respected as the determined and principal inspiration behind the leading democratic opposition movement

Maryam Rajavi is widely respected as the determined and principal inspiration behind the leading democratic opposition movement

Introductory remarks by Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, former Director of U.S. State Department Policy Planning and Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He chaired a panel discussion on Iran entitled “Protests in Iran and the Role of the Opposition” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Participants in the panel included: • Michael Mukasey, former…

The protests are not confined to Tehran, they are widespread throughout Iran

The protests are not confined to Tehran, they are widespread throughout Iran

Michael Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General, addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “Protests in Iran and the Role of the Opposition” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. His remarks follow: We are indeed at a very hopeful time. I think though there are dangers lurking if we’re…

The American military in Iraq realised that the Iranian resistance held views on politics and human rights similar to their own

The American military in Iraq realised that the Iranian resistance held views on politics and human rights similar to their own

Yves Bonnet, former Governor and Head of France’s Internal Security Service (D.S.T.), addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “Protests in Iran and the Role of the Opposition” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. Transcript of his remarks translated into English follows: “There was what I called the…

We are facing the end of this regime

We are facing the end of this regime

Struan Stevenson, Coordinator for Change in Iran, former President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “Protests in Iran and the Role of the Opposition” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. His remarks follow: Thank you very much. The…

Are sanctions the best and most appropriate response?

Are sanctions the best and most appropriate response?

Introductory remarks by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Centre, former Assistant Secretary of State for Military Affairs. He chaired a panel discussion on Iran entitled “IRGC and Sanctions” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Participants in the panel included: • Robert Joseph, Ambassador, U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation…

Change in Iran will come from the exasperation of the Iranian people

Change in Iran will come from the exasperation of the Iranian people

Mr. Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “IRGC and Sanctions” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. His remarks follow: Thank you, Lincoln. You asked provocative questions, so I will try to give you provocative replies…

Sanctions against the IRGC can be a substantial contribution to approaching democracy in Iran

Sanctions against the IRGC can be a substantial contribution to approaching democracy in Iran

Eduard Lintner, former Deputy Minister of Interior of Germany, addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “IRGC and Sanctions” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. His remarks follow: Thank you very much for your kind invitation. But I have to apologize because I use the translation because my…

We need to target the backbone of the Iranian regime, the Revolutionary Guards

We need to target the backbone of the Iranian regime, the Revolutionary Guards

It is the overall spirit of this agreement that has not been respected, since the idea behind it was indeed a reversal of the regime’s geopolitical stance, a sort of Islamic market democracy that was supposed to gradually emerge. Jean-Sylvestre Mongrenier, a researcher at the Thomas More Institute and the Institut Français de Géopolitique (Paris 8 University Vincennes-Saint-Denis), told a…

Sanctions work best when they’re coupled with support for the people

Sanctions work best when they’re coupled with support for the people

Ambassador Robert Joseph, U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security until 2007, addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “IRGC and Sanctions” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. His remarks follow: Good to see you and let me also…

Iranian regime breeds sectarianism and terrorism and it is in its constitution

Iranian regime breeds sectarianism and terrorism and it is in its constitution

Remarks by Mohammed al-Sulami, Head of International Institute for Iranian Studies, in a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Mohammed al-Sulami: First, let me say we may … but we don’t like them to be on our borders. So that is I think very…

The regime wasting Iranian people’s wealth and exacerbating the deterioration of the infrastructure and humanitarian situation in Yemen

The regime wasting Iranian people’s wealth and exacerbating the deterioration of the infrastructure and humanitarian situation in Yemen

Remarks by Dr. Riyadh Yaseen, Ambassador of Yemen in Paris, former Foreign Minister of Yemen, in a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Ambassador Riyadh Yaseen: I convey the greetings of His Excellency President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Yemeni people who are fighting the…

The Iranian regime fears that it has long lost the support of the people

The Iranian regime fears that it has long lost the support of the people

Frédéric Encel, writer and scholar of geopolitics specialized on the Middle East, addressed a panel discussion on the subject of “Policy on Iran” in a Paris suburb on June 29, 2018. The event was jointly organized by FEMO and APA. In his remarks, Mr. Encel expressed his support for France’s current Middle East policy, especially with regard to Iran. “The…

Western media, particularly in France, failed to adequately report recent protests in Iran

Western media, particularly in France, failed to adequately report recent protests in Iran

Remarks by Yves Thréard, deputy editor of Le Figaro, in a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Yves Thréard: Thank you, Chairman, thanks to the Iranian resistance for inviting me to your panel and thank you for listening to me for a few moments.…

Severest U.S. sanctions against Iran must be encouraged and Europe to adjust

Severest U.S. sanctions against Iran must be encouraged and Europe to adjust

Remarks by General James Conway, former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, in a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. General James Conway: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the invite to be with you today and I especially look forward to your questions…

The Iranian regime always had ambition to become regional power

The Iranian regime always had ambition to become regional power

Walid Phares, expert on global terrorism and the Middle Eastern affairs, chaired a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, that was organized jointly by FEMO and APA. In his introductory remarks he said: Thank you all for coming here to attend this exceptional panel on the role of the Iranian…

Target regime’s sources of revenue by renewed sanctions, enact stringent sanctions on rights abusers

Target regime’s sources of revenue by renewed sanctions, enact stringent sanctions on rights abusers

Remarks by General Charles Wald, former Deputy Commander of the U.S. European Command, in a panel on the Iranian regime’s “IRGC and Meddling in the Region” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. General Charles Wald: … just talked a little bit about many of these things you know, but to putting it in context of…

“IRGC and the religious foundations are controlling most of Iran’s economy”

“IRGC and the religious foundations are controlling most of Iran’s economy”

Remarks by Paulo Casaca, Executive Director of the “South Asia Democratic Forum” based in Brussels and former member of European Parliament, in a panel on “Policy on Iran” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Paulo Casaca: Well, it’s really a great honor to be among this magnificent panel, and in front of such a qualified…

Ambassador Bloomfield moderating a panel discussion on “Policy on Iran”

Ambassador Bloomfield moderating a panel discussion on “Policy on Iran”

Introductory remarks by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Centre, former Assistant Secretary of State for Military Affairs. He chaired a panel discussion on “Policy on Iran” in Paris, 29 June 2018, organized jointly by FEMO and APA. Participants in the panel included: • Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy and Ambassador to the…