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January 2021

America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

January 21 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Dr. John Ghazvinian discusses his recent book America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present (Knopf, 2021). In recent times, the United States and Iran have seemed closer to war than peace, but that is not where their story began. When America was in its infancy, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams turned to the history of the Persian Empire as they looked for guidance on how to run their new country. And in the following century, Iranian newspapers…

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Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change

January 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Ali Ansari will discuss the ideas that informed his book on political change in the Islamic Republic, the structure of the new state as it took shape under President Rafsanjani and the struggles to define it in the decades that followed, looking in particular at how both Marxian and Weberian concepts of the state and socio-economic structures can help us better understand the nature of the Islamic Republic. Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of…

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