Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Inside Iranian politics: The Basij Militia, the Hardliners Groups, and the Iranian People

  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St, Madison, WI

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Dr Golkar will discuss the multiple domestic political forces within Iran and how they are interacting to influence that Nation's foreign policy, including the recent agreement limiting their nuclear weapon capabilities, and the future of US-Iranian dialogue.  Today's Iranian political spectrum ranges from radical reformists on the far left to hardliners, Pragmatists and reformists. Each political group is Islamic, but they have different visions for the future of Iran and for how the nuclear deal fits into that future. Dr. Golkar will discuss the social bases of these groups, and their views on internal and international issues. He will also discuss the effect of sanctions and their future removal on the various stakeholders.

Saeid Golkar is a visiting fellow for Iran policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an adjunct professor for the Middle East and North African Studies Program and a visiting scholar at Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. Previously, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. From 2004 to 2009, he was a lecturer in the department of social sciences at Azad University, in Iran, where he taught undergraduate courses on the political sociology of Iran and sociology of war and military forces. Golkar received a PhD from the department of political science at Tehran University in June 2008. His recent publications can be found in journals such as Middle East Journal; Armed Forces & Society; Politics, Religion & Ideology; and Middle East Policy. His book, Captive Society, on the Basij (Iran's paramilitary force) and the securitization of Iranian society, was published by Columbia University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press in June 2015.
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