Middle East Studies

The U.S., Iran, and the Cold War: Global Perspectives of the 1953 Coup

Friday, December 6, 2013

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

2013 is the 60th anniversary of  the US-British coup that overthrew the government of Iran and transformed the Middle East. A daylong conference in December, The U.S., Iran, and the Cold War: Global Perspectives on the 1953 Coup, rethinks this seminal moment in world history context and explores its impact on U.S. involvement in the region.

Workshops, Conferences, Seminars


The US in the Middle East

Chair: Beshara Doumani (History, Brown University)
Irene Gendzier (Politics, Boston University) ‘US Imperialism in the Middle East’
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (History, University of Pennsylvania) ‘US-Iranian Relations in Historical Perspective’
Ervand Abrahamian (History, CUNY) ‘The 1953 coup’

Cold War Imaginings

Chair: Michael Kennedy (Sociology and International Relations, Brown University)
Shiva Balaghi (Iranian Studies, Brown University) ‘Iran and the Cold War’
Naoko Shibusawa (History & American Studies, Brown University) ‘Cold War Orientalism’
Samah Selim (Rutgers University) ‘The Ghost of Nasser and Egypt’

Covering the Middle East: The Role of the Media

Chair: Shiva Balaghi (History, Brown University)
Malihe Razazan (KALW Public Radio),
Stephen Kinzer (Author and former New York Times correspondent. Visiting Fellow in International Studies, Watson Institute)