The Islamic Revolution of Iran and International Politics: Global Trends and Regional Dynamics

The Iranian Revolution was a shock to international politics. Indeed, it was a significant religious political, cultural and national event that showed that there was a third way forward (distinct from Western capitalism and communism). From that time onwards a question mark appeared over the activities of both America and the Soviet Union. Neither of them could ever be completely sure that only they were world leaders.

It is difficult to draw firm conclusions about cause and effect in international relations as there are many factors interacting at that same time. It seemed clear that the Islamic Revolution posed a challenge to Western vital strategic and economic interests that were tied closely to the Shah’s regime. It should be remembered that Henry Kissinger reminded the world that the Shah was “that rarest of things, an unconditional ally.” More broadly, the Islamic Revolution created the perception that the U.S. had a new adversary in the Middle East.

There are many uncertainties in all domains of international and regional life that will reshape world order in coming years. Therefore, the Iranian Council for Defending the Truth is honored to host a scholarly session on “The Islamic Revolution of Iran and International Politics: Global Trends and Regional Dynamics” to shed light on the Islamic Revolution of Iran and its regional and international consequences from different dimensions.

Prof. Rodney Shakespeare

Prof. Rodney Shakespeare is a renowned political commentator and visiting professor of binary economics at Trisakti University in Jakarta, Indonesia. A co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, Shakespeare is a member of the Christian Council for Monetary Justice. Mr. Shakespeare has written several articles on the Middle East affairs, with a special focus on Iran, Bahrain and Syria. His latest book “The Modern Universal Paradigm” was published in 2007 by the Trisakti University publications.

Dr.  Kevin Barrett

Dr. Kevin Barrett is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. From 1991 through 2006 Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris and Wisconsin. In summer 2006 Dr. Barrett was attacked by a group of Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions. Dr. Barrett ran for Congress in Wisconsin in 2008, and currently works as a nonprofit organizer, public speaker, author and talk radio host.

Dr. Michael Jones

E. Michael Jones is a writer, academic, media analyst, and the editor of Culture Wars magazine. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University, Pennsylvania and taught at St. Mary’s College, a Catholic women’s school in South Bend, Indiana. Jones is the author of more than 40 books, including “Barren Metal: A History of Capitalism as the Conflict between Labor and Usury” (2014).

10 February 2022, Thursday, 6:00-7:30 pm IRST

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