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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Islam, Revolution, and the Modern State


E-Seminar 2
U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf


E-Seminar 3
Revolution, U.S. Policy, and Cold War Politics


 
Iran
A Series of Three E-Seminars

Taught by: Gary Sick

Description
From the mid-twentieth century to today, the relationship between the United States and Iran has undergone a series of remarkable transformations—from staunch allies under the shah's regime to "Death to America" under Ayatollah Khomeini, from a "roadmap in relations" under the Clinton administration to the "Axis of Evil" under President George W. Bush. In his three-part series on Iran, Professor Gary Sick introduces us to a nation that is still actively struggling to find its balance between the competing influences of Islam and nationalism, economics and independence, and populism and autocratism.



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Professor Sick explores why, following the revolution, Iran sought to transform the world in its image.
In the first e-seminar in the series, Islam, Revolution, and the Modern State, Professor Sick explores Iran's unique form of Islam, highlighted in an interactive map of the region's demographics. In the second e-seminar, U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf, he focuses on the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Iran, and in the third, Revolution, U.S. Policy, and Cold War Politics, he offers a firsthand account of how America's leadership reacted to the Iranian revolution. The second and third e-seminars both offer interactive timelines of events.

Series Length:6-10 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE
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Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

Outline
E-Seminar 1
     1. Introduction
     2. An Islamic State
     3. Foreign Affairs
     4. The International Economy
     5. The Middle East
     6. The Modern State
     7. Conclusion

E-Seminar 2
     1. Introduction
     2. A Cold War Policy
     3. An Increasing Presence
     4. Shifting Allegiances
     5. A Military Role
     6. The Gulf War
     7. A Promise of Reform
     8. A Modern Relationship
     9. Conclusion

E-Seminar 3
     1. Introduction
     2. The Nature of a Crisis
     3. A Dependent Relationship
     4. A Distracted America
     5. A Failing Leader
     6. The Revolutionary State
     7. Conclusion


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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Gary Sick served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis and is the author of two books on U.S.-Iranian relations. Professor Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. He was the deputy director for International Affairs at the Ford Foundation from 1982 to 1987, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy. Professor Sick has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, where he is Senior Research Scholar, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, and acting director of the Middle East Institute. He is a member of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and cochairman of the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch / Middle East. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international research project—on political, economic, and security developments in the Persian Gulf—being conducted at Columbia University with support from the W. Alton Jones, Rockefeller, Ford, Soros, and MacArthur Foundations.


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Recommended Reading
Arjomand, Said Amir. The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Bakhash, Shaul. The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 1984.

Bill, James A. The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Christopher, Warren, et al. American Hostages in Iran: The Conduct of a Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Keddie, Nikki R. Roots of Revolution: An Interpretive History of Modern Iran. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

Potter, Lawrence G., and Gary Sick, eds. Security in the Persian Gulf: Origins, Obstacles, and the Search for Consensus. New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Ramazani, Rouhollah K., ed. Iran's Revolution: The Search for Consensus. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.

Sciolino, Elaine. Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. New York: Free Press, 2000.

Sick, Gary. All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran. New York: Random House, 1985.

Sick, Gary. October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan. New York: Times Books, 1992.

Sick, Gary, and Lawrence G. Potter, eds. The Persian Gulf at the Millennium: Essays in Politics, Economy, Security, and Religion. New York: St. Martin's, 1997.

Surush, `Abd al-Karim. Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of `Abdolkarim Soroush. Translated and edited by Mahmoud Sadri and Ahmad Sadri. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Vakili, Valla. Debating Religion and Politics in Iran: The Political Thought of Abdolkarim Soroush. Council on Foreign Relations, Occasional Paper No. 2, January 1997.

Wright, Robin. The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran. New York: Knopf, 2000.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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