Iran Expert Ruhi K. Ramazani Will Discuss 30th Anniversary of Iranian Revolution

March 17, 2009 — One of the world's foremost experts on Iran, University of Virginia professor Ruhi K. Ramazani, will discuss "Iran's Nuclear Intentions" at 4 p.m. on March 23 in Wilson Hall, room 402.

Ramazani will share his advice for the Obama administration on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program and ambitions, and how to form a more constructive relationship with Iran following 30 years of strained relations that started with the Iranian Revolution's overthrow in 1979 of American-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Ramazani, the Edward R. Stettinius Professor Emeritus of Government and Foreign Affairs, has consistently urged American analysts and policymakers to look beyond simplistic interpretations of Iran's actions to reach a more nuanced understanding of Iran's culture, religion, government and people.

Following Ramazani's remarks, fellow U.Va. faculty experts on Iran and American foreign policy – professors Farzaneh Milani, Robert Fatton, Scott Harrop and William Quandt – will respond and continue the discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is open to the public and the media.

About Ruhi K. Ramazani

Decades ago, the media dubbed him "dean of Iranian foreign policy studies in the United States" for his books, now classics, "The Foreign Policy of Iran, 1500–1941: A Developing Nation in World Affairs" (1966) – the first study of Iran's foreign policy in any language – and its sequel, "Iran's Foreign Policy, 1941–1975: A Study of Foreign Policy in Modernizing Nations" (1975).

Ramazani has been affiliated with U.Va. since he immigrated to the United States in 1952. He is an American citizen. He received his degree of doctor of science of jurisprudence in international relations and law from the U.Va. School of Law in 1954. He was visiting professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a member of the High Table at the University of Cambridge in England, and the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He has lectured in more than 30 cities overseas. In January, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. dedicated to him a volume of essays by 53 international experts on Iran titled "The Iranian Revolution at 30."