“As it approaches year 40, the Islamic Republic of Iran is suffering from a deep crisis of legitimacy,” Nader Hashemi says on this week’s POMEPS Conversation podcast.

“The biggest threat that I think the regime faces— from its own statements and policies— is really the threat that it fears, like other authoritarian regimes, from its own population and groups that want political change.”

Hashemi is an associate professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver.

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Iran Today: A Conversation with Nader Hashemi