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Iran 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History

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The British-American coup against Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 seemed like a minor episode for many years, but its shattering long-term effects are now clear. This seminar talk will trace those effects, consider the modern evolutions of Iran and Turkey, and tie them to the upheaval now spreading through the Arab world.

In over 20 years as a New York Times correspondent, Stephen Kinzer covered more than 50 countries on four continents. His final post was as the first Times bureau chief in Istanbul. Among his books are Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds (2001), and All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (2003).  


  • Stephen Kinzer

    Professor of International Relations, Boston University
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center