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Iran 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History

Former New York Times Istanbul Bureau Chief Stephen Kinzer ties together the events of the 1953 Iranian Coup, the evolution of present-day Iran and Turkey and the upheaval of today's "Arab Spring."

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Sep. 12, 2011
4:00pm – 5:30pm


4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Iran 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History

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).  

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more


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