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1953: What Happened to Democracy in Iran

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ClassGraphic In 1953 the CIA overthrew Iran’s fledgling democracy, returning the Shah to power, and restoring British control of Iranian oil. What really happened? Who were the stakeholders and players? What were the long-term impacts on Iran, the United States, and the Middle East? Can regime change work? Our study group will examine these questions by discussing Stephen Kinzer’s best selling, non-fiction thriller, All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (Wiley, 2nd edition, 2008, ISBN-13 978-0470185490). Kinzer’s narrative was corroborated in August 2013, when the CIA released previously classified government documents acknowledging the coup was carried out “under CIA direction” and “as an act of US foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government.” Kinzer outlines Iran’s glorious history up to and through the exploitation by the British Empire, and then through the Iranian Revolution, which resulted in the current oppressive anti-American regime. The author relates how the “successful” 1953 Iranian coup became the template for a string of CIA directed coups starting with the 1954 Guatemalan coup. Peer discussion of this case study of regime change should be lively.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Robert Jenkins2.Philip Zawa 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/7/2022 - 7/28/2022 Weekly - Thu 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Philip Zawa  ; Robert Jenkins 
/*NOV 14 2020*/