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The Past and Future of American-Iranian Relations

  • 10 Feb 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online

The Past and Future of American-Iranian Relations

with Dr. John Ghazvinian


February 10, 2022

5:00 p.m. MST

PCFR is committed to providing more benefits and programs to our members. Throughout the rest of the program season, PCFR members are invited to join the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations (TCFR) monthly virtual programs for free. On February 10th at 5 pm MST, TCFR will feature Dr. John Ghazvinian on The Past and Future of American-Iranian Relations.

The protracted struggle to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program masks a three-hundred-year history of a relationship surprisingly positive in nature. America was the benevolent balancer in Persia’s struggle against Russian and the British Empire.

In his 600-page history Dr. John Ghazinian documents how the contemporary relationship came to rest on the brink of war. For Americans, the conflict began with the Ayatollah Khomeini and the 1979 hostage crisis. For Iranians, the contemporary crisis began in 1953 with the CIA’s successful effort to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. Mosaddeq was replaced by the exiled Shah, introducing over two decades of repression and lavish spending rivaling all predecessors. For the US, the Shah was our Cold War ally and forward defender against the Soviet Union, playing a similar role we had once played for Iran against the British and Russians.

Will the long cycles in American-Iranian relations ever be normalized? To link the past and future we are delighted to have Dr. John Ghazvinain.


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