MENA Salon, Troubled times for Iran

Workshop | October 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Two weeks ago, a parade of the Revolutionary Guards was attacked by undercover militants in the city of Ahvaz, which resulted in dozens of casualties. In addition to various groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, Iran's leaders were quick to accuse Gulf countries and the US as the perpetrators of the attack, and threatened to respond. Continuing the sharp detour from the Obama-era rapprochement policy, in his hawkish speech at the UN, President Trump urged world countries to join his government's efforts to isolate Iran through economic sanctions. Meanwhile, Iran continues to exert its influence on Syria and Iraq as a regional player. All of these developments are taking place amidst an economic crisis in the country. In this week's MENA Salon, we will try to understand these latest developments and their implications for Iran, for the region, and for other major players.

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