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.

Major Events

Participants:

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)