Sr. Advisor to the EVP, Columbia Global Centers, Columbia University Office of the President
Prof. Djavad Salehi‐Isfahani, Harvard'74,'77
Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech, Sr. Fellow Brookings Institution
Host: Nazila Fathi
Exactly a century ago in 1921, a coup d'état In Iran brought Reza Khan and eventually the Pahlavi dynasty into power. The ensuing century witnessed a dizzying interplay of nationalism, populism, and religion in what culminated in the Revolution of 1979 and ushered the new system of the government. Sizable Middleclass, strong national pride, and a reasonably good education system should have naturally instituted stronger bonds with western democracies, but the ancient world's passions and prejudices authored a far less auspicious course of history. The short-sighted and transactional policies of the west particularly the US did not help either.