“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.”
Iran's close partnership with Syria dates back to the victory of the Islamic revolution and has proved remarkably durable ever since. Although the relationship between these two states has experienced various stages over the last few decades, the alliance has consistently centered on shared threat perceptions and the desire to establish deterrence against outside actors. In this lecture, Iran Project Postdoctoral Research Fellow Hassan Ahmadian will discuss how Iran's policy has adapted over time throughout different circumstances and will offer insights into future trajectories. This is the second lecture in a three part series on Iran's Middle East policy; the final lecture will be on Iran's foreign policy towards Iraq (Dec. 7). Moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni. RSVP required: please RSVP here.