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A Cornell International Affairs Review panel, "Tehran Divided: Iran's Presidential Election and Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy," sought to address issues such as the controversial 2009 presidential elections in Iran, the history and future of Iran as a political power and the implications of these issues on the General Assembly meeting, where both President Barack Obama and President Mohamoud Ahmadinejad of Iran were present. The discussion was led by some of Cornell's leading scholars in Iranian and Middle Eastern politics, including Near Eastern Studies professors Ziad Fahmy, Iago Gocheleishvili and David Patel.
Ziad Fahmy discusses the historical implications of the current revolution, with a focus stretching beyond just the 1979 revolution. Iago Gocheleishvili speaks on the current events on the ground. David Patel concludes with a session regarding challenges to the Islamic Republic and implications for US foreign policy goals. A 30 minute question and answer session follows.