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The Iranian Revolution of 1979 . . . 40 years later

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and replaced it with the Islamic Republic.

As we mark this consequential moment in history, we'll examine and discuss the following:

- The Western intervention in the early to mid-20th Century.
- The installment of the Shah's regime.
- Shah's efforts to "modernize" Iran and its economy.
- The civil unrest and undercurrents giving rise to the Revolution.
- The rise of Ayatollah Khomeini.
- The purported ideology behind the Revolution.
- The hostage crisis and reactions from the U.S.
- Reactions from the nations in the Gulf region to the Revolution.
- Reactions from the Western world to the Revolution.
- The aftermath of the Revolution and the geopolitical implications of the region, vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel.

Finally, we'll discuss the future of Iran in the post-JCPOA regime.

- Will it remain as a nation with nuclear ambitions?

- The future of Iran-Iraq relations.

- Are reform measures mutually exclusive with the hard-line rule under the Islamic Republic?

- Is secular, Western-style democracy possible in the near future?

-Will it continue to play a central role in propping up sectarian violence in the region?