MENA Salon: The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Workshop | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This year, February 11 marked the 40th anniversary of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran, accompanied by nationwide rallies commemorating the series of uprisings that took place in 1979, which led to the overthrowing of the monarchy. On the one hand, Iran’s “revolutionary regime” has prevailed, among demands for regime change and democratic reform. Political slogans remain as zealous as the first day of the revolution, and current presidents of Iran and the US openly exchange their hostility. On the other hand, under the unique dynamics of its regime and economic constraints, Iranian society has continued to engage with the larger world, even under foreign and domestic pressures. In next week’s Salon, against the background set by the past four decades, we will discuss the transformation and stability of Iranian society and politics, while considering its economic turbulences and changing role as a regional power in MENA.

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