Reza Pahlavi of Iran Expected to Open His Comments at Global Creative Leadership Summit

Sep 25, 2009, 09:00 ET from Reza Pahlavi

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reza Pahlavi of Iran expected to open his comments at Global Creative Leadership Summit by stating:

"After 30 years of economic decline, social upheaval, human rights violations, and international demonization, one can safely assert that the luster of the Islamic Revolution in Iran has vanished."

Reza Pahlavi of Iran will address the Global Creative Leadership Summit on September 25, 2009 in New York City on the recent election events in Iran and their potential impact on the greater Middle East.

Joining a group of distinguished academics and leading scholars, Pahlavi is set to open his address by advising attendees:

"Iran's current leadership has lost any semblance of domestic legitimacy and international acceptability. And still, regional adventurism remains the regime's favorite escape route. By deflecting attention from troubles at home to stiffen the spine of their few die-hard fundamentalist supporters, the regime attempts to replace the legitimacy lost at home with the applause of radical Islamists abroad."

The aim of the Global Creative Leadership Summit is to address the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization in the present and near term. This year's opening address is to be delivered by Summit founder Louise Blouin. Other distinguished speakers include: Michael Chertoff - CEO, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Luis Moreno-Ocampo - Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Pascal Lamy - Director-General, World Trade Organization; Dr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Dr. Seth Berkley, President and Chief Executive Officer, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative; Mr. Ellis Rubenstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Dr. Matthew Spitzer, President of the US Board, Doctors Without Borders; Mr. Ted Turner, Founder, CNN and Turner Foundation; Ms. Chrystia Freeland, US Managing Editor, Financial Times.

Joining Pahlavi in analyzing the events in Iran and their potential impact on the greater Middle East will be: Master of Ceremonies - David A. Andelman, Editor, World Policy Journal; Dr. Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University; Dr. Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Dr. Neguin Yavari, Professor of Medieval Islamic History, The New School; Dr. Mustapha Tlili, Founder and Director, Center for Dialogues, NYU; Dr. Zachary Karabell, President, River Twice Research.

Commenting on the need for international attention Reza Pahlavi will further state: "Solidarity from world leaders sustains the momentum that is needed in their {the Iranian people's} campaign for the establishment of freedom and democracy at home, and peace and stability in the region."

Noting the Islamist regime's intransigence Pahlavi will advise: "Experience in the last several years have proven that the West's 'carrot and stick' approach has simply lacked the kind of leverage that is required for forcing a change of direction in the behavior of the Islamic Republic. However, in view of the recent internal weakening of the political structure in Iran, the imposition of a stricter sanctions regime would fare better if complemented by a robust policy of support for the human rights of the millions of Iranians who have so bravely fought their oppression."

Acknowledging the heroic struggle of the Iranian people Pahlavi will advise: "It has always been my view that the regime's Achilles Heel is none other than the courageous people of Iran. It is about time that they were awarded the acknowledgement and support which they have deserved from the international community."

Finally acknowledging the pivotal and historical nature of this moment in history and the consequences of allowing the Islamic regime to continue to operate unchecked at home and in the region Pahlavi will close by stating: "After 30 years of economic decline, social upheaval, human rights violations, and international demonization, one can safely assert that the luster of the Islamic Revolution in Iran has vanished. In its place there is now a window of opportunity for the kind of change we all seek. It is my hope that this opportunity should not be wasted."

Reza Pahlavi of Iran is a leader of the opposition with a 30 year track record of fighting the Islamic regime in Iran. He lives in exile with his wife Yasmine, an attorney, and their three daughters.

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