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“The Revolution Will be Telegrammed: Iran After the Elections an the End of Sanctions"
Start Date: 4/14/2016Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 4/14/2016End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description:
"If not this, then what? If not elections, then Syria?"

Elections for the 10th Parliament and 5th Assembly of Experts this past February confirmed the movement towards moderation and coalition-building heralded by the surprise victory of Hassan Rouhani in 2013. Asked by their government to participate in national elections as an exercise in national unity, each vote "a bullet to the heart of the enemy" in the West, millions of Iranians chose instead to use their presence at the ballot box as a stand against radicalism and intemperance at home, and above all, to use politics in order to avoid the tragic and violent fate of Syria.

 If in the United States there is growing evidence that the American political system is tearing apart at the ends, leading to an ever-quickening disintegration of the political center, then Iran presents a case of polarization giving way to conciliation and the consolidation of the middle-road in politics. As a consequence, and against all expectations, less than seven years after the catastrophic suppression of the Green Movement shook the foundations of the Islamic Republic to the core, Iran is today one of the only stable countries in the region.

Please join us as we take a unique look behind the scenes of the social, cultural, and political forces shaping Iran today in order to look ahead, not only to Iran's future but to the future of the Middle East and the United States, in a panel discussion bringing together perspectives from anthropology, political science, foreign policy, and journalism, writers and analysts with first-hand knowledge of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Participants include: Narges Bajoghli (NYU) Amir Moosavi (NYU) Reza Marashi (NIAC) Shervin Malekzadeh (Swarthmore) and Laura Secor of The New Yorker
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 101 - Chang Hou Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Shervin
Phone: Malekzadeh
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