Monday, January 27, 2020
5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
True North (101), 280 Brook St.
Free and open to the public
Peter Green Lecture on the Modern Middle East with Narges Bajoghli, assistant professor of Middle East studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
More than half of Iran's citizens were not alive at the time of the 1979 Revolution. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian regime faces the paradox of any successful revolution: how to transmit the commitments of its political project to the next generation. In today's political climate, this seems increasingly fraught. Over ten years, Narges Bajoghli met with men in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Ansar Hezbollah, and Basij paramilitary organizations to investigate how their media producers developed strategies to court Iranian youth. Her research provides unprecedented access to those who wield power in Iran as they debate and define the future of the Republic. She moves beyond simplistic depictions of the IRGC and the paramilitary groups they control, to offer an in-depth understanding of Iran's most powerful military force, and the organization at the center of headlines in international politics today. She offers a multilayered story about what it means to be pro-regime in the Islamic Republic, challenging everything we think we know about Iran and revolution.