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EWJ Levine Lecture

The 33rd Annual Levine Lecture

Prospects for Democracy in Iran and the Impact for Israel's Future with Professor Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani is an expert in U.S.-Iran relations as well as Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. He will speak about the current geopolitical situation of Iran and its influence on world events.  

The Middle East is in the midst of profound changes. New alliances, particularly between many Sunni Arab states and Israel, unimaginable twenty years ago, are revamping the geopolitics of the region. Petropolitics and demographics, the exigencies of the digital revolution and a US retreat from region combine to make this a moment of great transition. Russia lurks on the horizon as a major military presence not just in Syria but in the region. China awaits its new economic opportunities. Sectarian divide is on the rise and the possibility of a heightened arms race, including new nuclear posture by Iran and Saudi Arabia, threaten the future. At the center of this cauldron stands the Islamic Republic of Iran—facing its most daunting economic and political challenges of its tumulus four decades.   


Professor Milani is the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies and Adjunct Professor at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Freeman-Spogli Institute at Stanford University. He has been one of the founding co-directors of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Until 1986, he taught at Tehran University's Faculty of Law and Political Science, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors of the university's Center for International Relations. After moving to the United States, he was the Chair of the Political Science Department at the Notre Dame de Namur University for fourteen years and a visiting Research Fellow in University of California, Berkeley's Middle East Center for eight years. 

When
May 5th, 2019 9:30 AM   through   12:00 PM
Location
Oneg Room
United States

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