“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
While in recent decades Iran and Iraq faced off as fierce rivals, including fighting a brutal eight year war against one another (1980-88), the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 changed the equation completely. Following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, successive Iraqi governments have developed strategic partnerships with Iran over shared domestic and regional interests. Simultaneously, the United States is heavily invested in Iraq and has also partnered closely with the Iraqi government. In this lecture, Iran Project Postdoctoral Research Fellow Hassan Ahmadian will discuss how Iran's Iraq policy has adapted over time throughout these different circumstances and will offer insights into future trajectories. This is the final lecture in a three part series on Iran's Middle East policy. Moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni. RSVP required: please RSVP here.