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Iran Post-Elections Discussion Panel in Vancouver


A panel discussion with leading activists and scholars on post Iranian presidential election unrest 


When: Monday June 22nd, 3:00pm
Where: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver


In light of the tumultuous events that have been taking place in Iran since the presidential elections on June 12th, the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non Proliferation Research at the University of British Columbia are hosting a panel discussion. The panel will examine the current developments in Iran, contextualize their implications for relations with Canada and the West, and address the reactions of the Vancouver Iranian-Canadian community (and other Diaspora's internationally) mobilizing themselves in response to the domestic crisis.


The panelists who are invited to attend are:

  • Mr. Mahmood Ahmadi - Returned from Tehran June 17, 2009 and will discus power struggles and protests on the streets (PhD Candidate at UBC, Research Affiliate at Simons Centre).

  • Mrs. Mehrak Mehrvar - will discuss Iran's Women's Movement & the role of women in the elections and ensuing protests (Research Associate, UBC Women's and Gender Studies Centre, Iran's women movement activist/scholar).

  • Dr. Maurice Copithorne - will discuss implications of Iran's elections results for the Canadian government and the West (Professor Emeriti, UBC Faculty of Law, Former Special Rapporteur to United Nations Commission on Human Rights on situation in Iran).

  • Mr. Soushiant Zanganehpour (Moderator & Panelist) - will discuss the rise of social media as an important communication tool in the absence of mainstream media during the crisis (Iran Program Coordinator & Researcher, Simons Centre).


For more information contact the Simons Centre at or 604 822-3099.


This event is hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research.

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