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The US-Iran Relationship: A Journey from Monarchy through Revolution to Reengagement
This talk starts with the 1953 coup d’etat, overthrowing democratically elected Prime Minister Mossadegh, funded by CIA and MI-6. The reinstalled monarchy then consolidated internal control while directing booming oil revenue to massive military purchases. As "policeman of the gulf" Iran engaged in high stakes geopolitics. Chaos and revolution roiled the region after the Shah fled in 1979. Revolutionaries took American diplomats hostage to combat interference in Iran’s internal affairs. Thirty-five years of estrangement might have ended with the 2015 nuclear deal had US politics not blocked the relationship reset. This journey unfolds through the personal experiences of the speaker's family and friends, who played a role in Iran's recent history.