[Political Economy] Revolution and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Reform in Post-revolutionary Iran

12Jul

[Political Economy] Revolution and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Reform in Post-revolutionary Iran

12Jul

[Political Economy] Revolution and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Reform in Post-revolutionary Iran




(This event is organised by MEI’s Political Economy Research Cluster, as part of its quarterly public talks series.)

Abstract

The presentation will examine the political and ideological origins of Iran’s post-revolutionary reform movement, which came to international attention following the landmark presidential election of Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Khatami in 1997. In particular, it will focus on how reformists sought to rethink the foundations of the Islamic Republic’s political authority and sources of legitimacy and institutionalize civic channels of political mobilization and contention. It will then move to assess some of the entrenched obstacles the Khatami administration faced during the course of its tenure as well the reasons for its noteworthy, albeit modest successes. The presentation will then conclude with an evaluation of the wider significance of the reform agenda in light of the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani and the historic conclusion of the nuclear accord, the so-called JCPOA with the P5+1 in 2015, detailing the unresolved structural challenges, which continue to afflict the Iranian state system.

Event Details
Date & Timing

Speaker
Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
St Cross College, University of Oxford

Venue
MEI Conference Room, Level 6
Block B, 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119620

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Attendees
Maria Marsh
Najat Alhabshi
Sean Guttensohn
Gerald Lim
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Haidhar Ismail
Susan Kurdli
Alethea Woo
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Mohamad Akif Bin Mohamad Farid
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About the Speaker

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St Cross College, University of Oxford. He received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies from Queen’s College, University of Oxford. He has published widely on modern Iranian intellectual and political history and Iranian current affairs. His forthcoming book entitled “Revolution and its Discontents: Reform and Political Thought in Iran” will be published with Cambridge University Press later this year.