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Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2019, 19:00 Uhr


On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Discussion with:
Ahmad Salamatian, former member of the Iranian parliament
Bert Fragner, Austrian Institute for Oriental Studies, ÖOG
John Limbert, National Iranian American Council
Atefe Sadeghi, Development Associate East West Institute Brussels

Moderation: Walter Posch, National Defence Academy, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management

A cooperation of Bruno Kreisky Forum for international Dialogue and Federal Ministry of Defence, Department for Security Policy, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management and Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Iran is ascendant in the Middle East, spreading its influence in a contiguous geographic arc from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut. Its rise, which began with the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and accelerated when civil wars erupted in Syria and Yemen, has generated a perception that Iran aspires to be the region’s hegemonic power. To the U.S. and its allies – Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – such an ambition constitutes an intolerable threat. Iran, however, sees itself as breaking out of prolonged isolation and stifling sanctions – precipitated by the 1979 Islamic Revolution – that it perceives as historic injustice. It sees a region dominated by powers with superior military capabilities. After the 2011 Arab uprisings, Iran applied military force to protect a longstanding ally, the Syrian regime, viewing its loss as a possible prelude to its own encirclement. It is in part the gap in perceptions that has locked Iran and its rivals in an escalatory spiral of proxy fights that are destroying the region. A first step toward closing the gap is to better understanding how Iran debates and fashions its regional policy.



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