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Iran in Turmoil? Prospects for Change

  • 06:00 PM
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Iran in Turmoil? Prospects for Change


With Abbas Milani, moderated by Greg Dobbs

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

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Forty years ago, a group of Iranian militants seized 98 people at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in what became known as the Iran hostage crisis. All remaining hostages were released from captivity 444 days later. Internally, the 1979 Iranian revolution promised three goals: social justice, freedom and democracy, and independence from a vassal-state status relative to the United States. 
Economically, the Islamic Republic has experienced some success in the expansion of infrastructure for rural development and poverty reduction. However, it has failed in two important respects: First, it has failed to provide job opportunities for its youth–the unemployment rate for college-educated youth is alarmingly high. And second, despite the lofty egalitarian goals of the revolution, inequality is persistent and pervasive.
This program will provide a look into the turbulent internal dynamics of Iranian society, particularly as it relates to its troubled economy, rising unemployment and inflation, diminished options on oil, questions of succession and an increasingly assertive women’s movement. Will Iran be more democratic in the future? And how do these changes relate to U.S. policy on Iran?
Abbas Milani is the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. He has been one of the founding co-directors of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His expertise is U.S.-Iran relations as well as Iranian cultural, political and security issues. Until 1986, he taught at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors of the university’s Center for International Relations. After moving to the United States, he was the Chair of the Political Science Department at the Notre Dame de Namur University for 14 years. For eight years, he was a visiting Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Middle East Center.
From his “boots on the ground” news coverage in more than 80 countries around the world, including on-the-ground coverage of the revolution and then the hostage crisis in Iran, moderator Greg Dobbs is a professional speaker on global affairs, the author of two books (with two more in the works) and a journalist for almost 50 years, spending most of his time as a correspondent for two American television networks. Greg is the winner of three Emmy awards and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Society of Professional Journalists.
This program is underwritten by Sandy & Fred Pack and Pat & Larry Stewart
The Geopolitics Series is graciously underwritten by Cindy Engles

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