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Wednesday, January 14th 2015

With the "Islamic Republic" Against the "Islamic State"?

Vienna Jan 14th & Graz Jan 15th: Tehran’s Role in the New Middle East & Western Iran Policy

Lecture & discussion (in German) with

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Chair: Ljiljana Radonić (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Wednesday, January 14th 2015, 08:00 PM

University of Vienna, NIG, Lecture Hall III
Universitaetsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Thursday, January 15th 2015, 07:30 PM
University of Graz (Resowi), Lecture Hall 15.13
Universitaetsstrasse 15, 8010 Graz, Austria

While the Iranian regime is currently negotiating for getting closer to a nuclear bomb, it also found a promising way to boost the export of its Shia terror, which it has already been promoting for more than 30 years, under a new label: the "fight against terror". Given the confrontation with the "Islamic State", the "Islamic Republic" has successfully reshaped its image in the international and regional arenas. The U.S. have a de facto cooperation with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the fight against ISIS.

The lecture will highlight the role of the Iranian rulers both in the destabilization of Iraq and the strengthening of Sunni Islamists. Which role has the Iranian alliance with Assad? What consequences will the cooperation in fighting ISIS have for the conflict over the Iranian nuclear program? And what does the Western policy of appeasement and cooperation with the ayatollahs mean for the Iranian opposition and dissidents in other countries of the region?

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken is the CEO of WADI, an NGO for crisis assistance and solidary development cooperation mainly active in North Iraq. He is an editor and author of books on Iran and Iraq and regularly writes for German newspapers like Die Welt or Jungle World.

Note: Event held in German!

The event in Vienna is organized by STOP THE BOMB & the German weekly Jungle World

The event in Graz is organized by stop the bomb - Hochschulgruppe Graz & Austrian Students' Union Alternativreferat ÖH Graz




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