Course Description

ONLINE: Once allies, the United States and Iran have experienced a series of escalating tensions. In this lecture-based course, we will attempt to clarify some aspects of the changing relations between the two countries from 1833 until the present. We will learn about early U.S. missionaries in Iran as well as Iran's political and cultural relations during the Qajar dynasty. Other topics will include U.S. and Iran relations during the Pahlavi dynasty, covering: World War I, Reza Shah, World War II, Mohammad Reza Shah, the 1953 coup, the post-coup cooperation, the Cold War and the period of U.S. military assistance. Students will have an opportunity to discuss the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iran hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the Iran-contra affair, Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S./European Union and Iran negotiations for a nuclear deal and its termination, as well as current issues. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 24.

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