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Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss Iranian Revolution and Islamic Republic


When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established the Islamic Republic following the Iranian Revolution, predictions were abound that he and his system would not last more than six months. Today, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the revolution, Johns Hopkins SAIS Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli is available to discuss the revolution and the Islamic Republic.

Bajoghli spent a decade in Iran conducting research among the media producers in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Basij, and Ansar-e Hezbollah.

“The overemphasis on Islam as the predominant frame of analysis to understand Iran’s politics over the past 40 years has meant that we have overlooked important social dynamics among the supporters of the regime, such as class, generational changes, and social mobility,” Bajoghli said. “By paying attention to the way the regime attempts to frame its media, we can see not only how state power is communicated, but also how those in the regime elite envision the future of the Islamic Republic.”

Dr. Bajoghi is available to discuss:

  • How are Iran’s regional policies communicated at home and to what effect?
  • What are the effects of the West’s soft war policies on the Iranian state?
  • How do internal dynamics affect government policies on the social and cultural front?
  • What are the myriad interactions between social movements and the state?
  • How do cultural producers in Iran, across political and social lines, work?
  • What is the landscape of regime-produced media in Iran?
  • How does a revolution stay alive over time?

Read more from Dr. Bajoghi:
Did a Terrorist Attack Just Save the Iranian Regime?  Foreign Policy, September 2018
Iran Will Never Trust America Again. Foreign Policy, May 2018  
To schedule an interview, contact:
Jason Lucas
Communication Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS 
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+1 (202) 663-5620
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Friday, February 8, 2019
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