Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
How does strategic decision-making occur in Iran? And how does this translate into the domestic policymaking process of the state? This seminar will shed light on the opaque institutional architecture of the Islamic Republic and its impact on strategic governance. It will also examine the broader factional and ideological dynamics at play within the ruling elite in forging state policy. This process has broad implications not only for understanding the unique challenges facing the Rouhani administration domestically but also for grasping the complexity of the current nuclear negotiations, the importance of U.S. policy toward Iran, as well as the future trajectory of the Islamic Republic itself.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.