Iran and the West

Ambassador John W.
distinguished professor of international affairs at the U.S. Naval
Academy, joined us for a discussion on the history and context of the
relationship between Iran and the West. Iran has a complex history with
the West derived in part from its Persian heritage, its role as a
regional power and its perceived weakness in the face of Western
ambitions and intervention. U.S. relations with Iran have been
dominated by the legacy of the Islamic revolution, U.S. support for the
Shah, and the U.S. hostage crisis.  How do historic grievances
influence the dynamic political relationship today?  Does Iran’s
history affect Iranian attitudes towards the international
community? How do Iranians perceive their role in Iraq and across the

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