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CANCELLED: Protest, Politics and Foreign Influence in Iran and Iraq
Thu March 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Cancelled by Boston College due to Coronavirus
Prof Ali Kadvar (Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College) – studies protest and politics in Iran
Prof Shamaran Mako (Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University) – studies protest/politics in Iraq
Reese Erlich – journalist and author focusing on US foreign policy in Iran, Iraq and Syria, as well as other parts of the world
Boston College – Devlin Hall 008
Mohammad Ali Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies. His work contributes to political and comparative-historical sociology by exploring the interaction between protest movements and democratization. Kadivar has examined both the internal organization, tactics, and perceptions of pro-democracy movements as well as their success or failure in gaining and sustaining democratic improvements.
This work grows out of his experience as a participant-observer of the pro-democracy movement in Iran, but his research agenda moves outward from this case to explore these issues on a global scale, using case studies, comparative-historical methods, and statistical analyses.
Shamiran Mako’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics with a focus on authoritarianism, civil wars, democratization, institutional capacity building, governing in divided societies, and American foreign policy with a regional interest on the Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, she explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states and examines ways in which successful conflict mitigating strategies relating to post-conflict state and peacebuilding can be applied to states in the MENA region.
Reese Erlich‘s history in journalism goes back over 45 years. He works as a fulltime print and broadcast journalist, filing for PRI, CBC (Canada), The Progressive, VICE News, and Foreign Policy, among others. Erlich will have just returned from covering Iran’s parliamentary elections in February on assignment for VICE News, Truthout and The Progressive. Read his recent article, “It’s a Punch in the Face to Trump’: Why Soleimani’s Killing Could Mean Hard-Line Victories in Iran’s Elections”.
He writes a nationally distributed column “Foreign Correspondent,” which appears every two weeks in The Progressive, 48 Hills.org and other websites. He received a Peabody Award in 2006 and “best depth reporting” awards in 2002 and 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California). Erlich has authored five books on foreign affairs. His most recent is The Iran Agenda: The Real Story from Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with US Policy.
Other Talks by Reese Erlich in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Tuesday, March 10, 12:30 pm: “The Iran Crisis”
Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesday, March 10, 5:00 pm: “A journalist’s perspective on US foreign policy during the Trump era”
Wellesley College, Library Lecture Room