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A Modern Contagion: Cholera's Impact on Iranian History

Apr 11 2019 - 18:30
Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran's globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jason Rezaian in Conversation with Brett McGurk

Mar 13 2019 - 18:30
Jason Rezaian discusses his new book, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, with Brett McGurk, the former Special Envoy to Defeat ISIS. Rezaian was the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief when he was imprisoned and McGurk led 14 months of secret negotiations with Iran that helped free him in 2016. Co-sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and FSI's Middle East Initiative Jason Rezaian is one of the few ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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