Ladan Boroumand

The Unraveling of Iran’s Islamic Republic (Visiting Fellow: October 2021 – September 2022)

Dr. Ladan Boroumand is the co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, a nongovernmental organization that promotes human rights awareness through education and information dissemination, including by way of the online human rights library Omid memorial, a website that documents human rights abuses committed by the Islamic Republic and memorializes its victims. In addition, she formerly served on the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy. A historian by training, she is the author of the book La Guerre des Principes (1999), which examines the tensions between human rights and national sovereignty during the French Revolution, and has also published articles on the French Revolution, the Islamic revolution in Iran, and the nature of Islamist terrorism. During her visiting fellowship, Dr. Boroumand worked on a book manuscript “The Unraveling of Iran’s Islamic Republic,” which analyzes the roots of the current crisis of legitimacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the concomitant emergence of a pluralistic dissident and popular protest movement. Dr. Boroumand’s work analyzed the growing support for secular liberal values in Iran, in spite of the regime’s harsh repression.