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Protest vs. power in Iran: a break with the past?

Published: 15th November 2022 Last updated: 17th November 2022

What’s life like for Iranians, as they live under a dictatorial regime that heavily represses their rights and freedoms? How is this especially troublesome for Iranian women? In what ways are the protests related to abuse of power and women’s rights movements?

In a meeting organized by Studium Generale, Ammar Maleki and Claudia Carvalho Greveraars discussed the current situation from unique perspectives. Since the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini the resistance in Iran seems unstoppable.


Ammar Maleki (in the picture at a recent protest in The Hague) is Assistant Professor at Tilburg Law School and teachers Political science. His research areas include democratization, cross-cultural research, and public opinions measurement. He is also the founder and director of the research institute GAMAAN (Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran), which uses innovative methods to measure Iranians' public opinions on sensitive socio-political questions. Being a pro-democracy activist and analyst of Iranian politics, he often appears in the media.

demonstration the hague with Maleki

Claudia Carvalho Greveraars holds a doctoral degree in Social Sciences from Tilburg University with a thesis on online gender jihadism. She is a counter-terrorism consultant collaborating with private defense companies, think tanks, government and academic institutions.

Watch the meeting here:

Read the interview with Ammar Maleki in Univers: ‘Iranian people are fed up with the Islamic regime’.