The Future of Iran

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The Iranian Revolution of 1979 led to the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the establishment of a new, radical Islamic state. More than two decades later, Iran's political and social order is balanced on the relationship between the reform-minded President Mohammad Khatami-Ardakani and the conservative Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei. Iran's future remains unclear while the threat of the spread of its revolutionary Islam system to the rest of the Arab region is greater than ever.

On this week's show, we presented excerpts from a conference titled "Iran: Another Look" that was held at Boston University a few days ago. We featured presentations given by professor Houchang Chehabi of Boston University, and professors David Menashri and Martin Kramer from the Tel Aviv University. We also heard a response to Professor Kramer's presentation from political scientist Nasser Hadian of the University of Tehran. The presentations focused on the prospects for political change in Iran, the security policy of Iran, and the regional perspectives on the country's present and future.

This program aired on April 28, 2002.

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