Thursday, September 14, 2023

Council on Foreign Relations Taking Heat for Hosting Closed-Door Meeting with Iranian President

Here is more from The Washington Free Beacon:

A prominent Washington, D.C., think tank is under fire for its decision to host Iran’s president while he is in New York City for the United Nations’ annual gathering.

The Council on Foreign Relations, one of Washington’s most influential foreign policy hubs, is scheduled to host an invitation-only event with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi next Tuesday, a source confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon, when the Iranian leader is in New York City to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly, the annual weeklong gathering of world leaders.

Former senior U.S. officials and Iranian dissidents blasted the think tank for hosting a regime mouthpiece who is engaged in plots to assassinate American leaders. News of the event was first outed by a CFR fellow on Twitter. CFR has not posted details about the event on its website or publicly acknowledged it is taking place. The think tank also would not respond to Free Beacon requests for comment.


The most interesting tidbit from the story is how the closed-door meeting became public.  The Free Beacon notes that CFR member and Iranian dissident Roya Hakakian declined the invitation via a message on X.

A senior congressional aide reportedly said that the CFR event could violate US anti-terrorism laws.