THE SHADOW COMMANDER: SOLEIMANI, THE U.S., AND IRAN'S GLOBAL AMBITIONS
March 1, 2021 / 12:30 - 2:00 PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom Signup
Qassem Soleimani was one of the most powerful men in Iran and the military spearhead for Iranian foreign policy, enacting the wishes of the country’s Supreme Leader in the region. A widely popular but also feared maverick operator, he helped to establish the Islamic Republic as a major force in the Middle East, with interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This was a long way from where he began as a youth, living on the margins in a country ruled by a monarch supported by the United States.
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Arash Azizi is a writer, translator and scholar living in New York City. His writings and commentary on politics, history and cinema have appeared in numerous publications. As a doctoral student at New York University, he researches the history of transnational links that bound Iran and the Arab World to each other in the framework of the broader Global Cold War. About a dozen of his book-length translations have appeared in Iran and abroad.
Mehrzad Boroujerdi is director of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs. As an expert on Iran and Middle Eastern politics, he has provided insight and commentary to a number national and international media outlets, including the Associated Press, LA Times, NPR, New York Times, Reuters, Spiegel, and Washington Post. Boroujerdi is also the author of "Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism" (Syracuse University Press, 1996) and "Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook" (Syracuse University Press, 2018). Active in both public and professional service throughout his career, Boroujerdi’s former appointments include president of the Association for Iranian Studies, nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C, and former member of the board of directors of the Near East Foundation.
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