Opinion: The Iranian protests are a battle between generations
Author: Bahman Baktiari
The death of a young Iranian woman in police custody has ignited a wave of protests among young Iranians. Do they have the potential to spark another revolution in Iran?
By killing Mahsa Amini, the Islamic Republic has created millions of Medeas
Author: John Limbert
In today’s Iran, millions of latter-day Medeas are bravely telling the world they have had enough of mistreatment by a brutal regime.
The Iranian People’s 100-Year Struggle for Freedom
Author: Reza Aslan
It is the Constitutional Revolution of 1906, that provides the best historical analogy, not only for how the current uprising may succeed in its ultimate goal of bringing down the regime, but also what the rest of the world could do to help in that cause.
The Modern Feminist Tradition in Iran Goes Beyond Political Regimes and Eras
Author: Janet Afary
Available to read in both French and Farsi.
BOOK CONVERSATION WITH REZA ASLAN
Reza Aslan’s Book Conversation, “An American Martyr in Persia” is now available to watch on YouTube!
Although the American public knows little about Howard Baskerville, Iranians have venerated him as a martyr for over a century. Despite the Iranian regime’s anti-American rhetoric today, thousands of Iranians visit Tabriz (a northwestern city in Iran where Baskerville is buried) every year to visit the tomb of an American who gave his life for Iranian democracy in 1909. Aslan continues his exploration of the relationship between religion and humanity in the story of a Christian missionary from Nebraska who, during a religious mission in Iran in 1907, joined Iran’s democratic revolution, ultimately being killed and becoming a martyr.
MEET OUR FALL 2022/SPRING 2023 INTERN:
We are delighted to have Emma as our Fall 2022/Spring 2023 intern. Emma is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies at the University of Utah. She is learning Persian and wants to pursue a career in US government.
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Intern Roundtable Webinar!
FALL 2022 WEBINARS
“Seizing a Crown: How the Murder of a US Vice Consul led to the Creation of the Pahlavi Dynasty”
September 19, 2022
2 PM (EST)
Susan M. Stein tells the story of a figure steeped in adventure and history. Imbrie rejected a legal career to volunteer as an ambulance driver during World War I and joined the State Department when the United States entered the war. Assigned to Russia, he witnessed the October Revolution, fled ahead of a Bolshevik arrest order, and continued to track communist activity in Turkey even as the country’s war of independence unfolded around him. His fateful assignment to Persia led to his death at age forty-one and set off political repercussions that cloud relations between the United States and Iran to this day.
NEW PROJECT (2023)
BIDF is a project of the Baskerville Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization devoted to supporting and strengthening the bonds of friendships between Iranians and Americans. The BIDF carries out this mission by providing a digital portal for Iranian students inside Iran to connect to hundreds of online courses offered by American universities. BDIF’s primary mission is to make it possible for qualified Iranian students in Iran to go through one website for their research on online courses offered by American universities.
This unique initiative will make it possible for Iranian students to learn more about democratic governance, market economies, and free societies.
In addition, they would be able to establish networks among themselves as well as build relationships with US educational institutions. Arguably, these students comprise the most important segment of Iranian society because it is they who will forge Iran’s future. This is an educational program in the interests of the United States, as
well as – educationally speaking – a benefit for the Iranian students. The true significance of this project is that it will help compensate for the dearth of positive programs the US currently manages for influencing the most important people in Iran, its youth.
Forty-plus years of political disputes have severely limited cultural interaction between the two countries and has restricted young Iranians’ access to the academic and social values of American education. This project will provide young Iranians something that has been available to very few: an exposure to the United States untainted by the extreme, toxic rhetoric of their government.
These young people will shape their country’s future, and this program will allow them to do so without the intellectual separation that the Islamic Republic has attempted to impose. This is a very worthwhile program for both Americans and Iranians. Among these Iranian students there is a great hunger to know the realities of the outside world. They should not be kept in isolation.
& ACHIEVEMENT (CEA)
Celebrating Excellence & Achievement (CEA), an initiative of the Baskerville Institute, is aimed at honoring Iranians in the United States who have achieved excellence in their field, and strive to be role models for future generations. By becoming a role model, these Iranians become a window into Iran and Iranian society for their American colleagues and friends. Each month we will introduce and honor exemplary Iranian Americans who have achieved success and recognition in their field, made significant contributions to American society, and helped shape a positive image of Iran and Iranians in the United States and abroad.
WATCH OUR VIDEO HONORING HELIA’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WATCH OUR VIDEO HONORING NAHAL’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Iran: What Next as the Revolution Continues?
A conversation with expert analysts from Europe, the U.A.E., and the U.S.
Monday, November 28 at 10:00 AM (PT)
“States of Power: Gender and Protests in Iran,”
Featuring Nazanin Shahrokni and Peyman Jafari
Nov. 28, 2022 at 12:30 PM (PDT)
Critical Nexus Between Intelligence and Policy Decision Making: Chasm Between Intelligence and Policy Decisions
November 30 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST