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Iran: the Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure

Apr 3 2019 - 18:30
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn the US from the July 2015 multi-lateral nuclear agreement and has imposed the harshest sanctions ever, the Republic is in the grip of serious ...
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Electoral Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mar 14 2019 - 18:30
In this talk, Mehrzad Boroujerdi will first discuss the electoral system of the Islamic Republic of Iran in terms of its laws, electoral management bodies, and shortcomings and will then analyze the voting behavior of the citizenry over the last forty years. Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (1996), and Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2018), and editor of Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam ...
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Moving Toward a New Equilibrium in Iran

Feb 28 2019 - 18:30
Established in 2016 in the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Stanford Iran 2040 Project serves as a hub for scholars—particularly in the Iranian diaspora—to conduct research on the future of Iran.  The team conducts research on a wide array of topics related to the future economic development of Iran, including governance, population, macroeconomic policy, oil and gas, water, agriculture, and the scientific output of Iran's researchers.  In this talk, Dr. Pooya Azadi, the project manager, presents an overview of the research outcomes as well as his personal ...

The Canticle of the Birds: Part II

Feb 7 2019 - 18:30
**Please note this is a two-part lecture** The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his kingdom including the renowned Master Behzâd. Still more paintings were added in 1609 in Esfahân, by command of ...

The Canticle of the Birds: Part I

Feb 5 2019 - 18:30
The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his kingdom including the renowned Master Behzâd. Still more paintings were added in 1609 in Esfahân, by command of Shâh `Abbâs, for presentation of the ...
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Mutual Radicalization: How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

Jan 31 2019 - 18:30
Radicalization has become a serious global problem. This talk explores mutual radicalization, where groups and nations push each other to extremes. Drawing from well-established psychological principles, a model of mutual radicalization is presented and international and national case studies are used as illustrative examples. Fathali M. Moghaddam is Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science and Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal 'Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology'. His most recent book is Mutual ...

Iran, Israel and the US in a Changing Middle East

Dec 4 2018 - 18:30
David Menashri will explore the relationship between Iran’s regional policy and its domestic politics, including its socio-economic challenges and growing popular dissatisfaction, domestic power struggles and the tension between revolutionary ideology and national interest. The lecture will also assess Iranian policy following the 2015 nuclear deal, the election of President Trump, and U.S. foreign policy on Iran and in the region—including a discussion of the relationship between Israel and Iran. David Menashri is professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and Senior Research Fellow at the ...

The Next Revolution Will be Led by Women

Nov 29 2018 - 18:30
Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist, women's rights activist, TV host of Tablet satirical news program and author of the memoir The Wind in My Hair. In 2014, Alinejad launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign, one of the many such efforts inside and outside Iran against the oppression of women in the Islamic Republic. She discusses her memoir and her experience in this movement.   The Stanford Bookstore will have copies of The Wind in My Hair available for purchase at this event and Ms. Alinejad will sign copies after the talk. To find out more about Iranian Studies events please join ...
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11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa

Nov 9 2018 - 18:30
The recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. We are very pleased to announce that Parissa will perform a few songs and will be joined by Dara Afraz on the setar and Emile Richard on percussion. A special signed, commemorative, copy of her album “Ahval-e Del” will be given out (while supplies last).  Parissa is a master vocalist of classical Persian music (radif) who continues to play a singular role in promoting, preserving, and ...

Hadi and His Alam

Oct 25 2018 - 18:30
Hadi Khorsandi is a UK-based, exiled Iranian satirist and poet. He published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the US. His new book The Fake Diaries of Alam is a spoof on The Diaries of Alam, one of the best-selling Iranian books in recent years by the powerful court minister Asadollah Alam about his relationship with the Shah. Khorsandi will read excerpts from the book with anecdotes and jokes. Mr. Khorsandi will have copies of his book available for purchase and will sign copies after the event. Event ...

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