Controversies Surrounding Iran's Growing Authoritarianism
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My purpose tonight is to provide a brief assessment of the Iranian situation. In particular: What are some of the more important developments that have been moving the country toward a more militaristic, authoritarian state? What key factors are facilitating the country's transition in this direction? Are there internal developments that might constrain this development? Which external factors might alter this transformation? What are the longer-run ramifications of these trends? For the region? For the U.S?
Dr. Robert Looney Professor, Naval Postgraduate School DARPA Seminar on Iran Charlottesville, Virginia April 24, 2007