SISMEC EVENT “Iran: Charting New Horizons”

The Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), in conjunction with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona, will host an event entitled “Iran: Charting New Horizons.”

Friday May 2nd 2014
Social Sciences, Room 332


1:30- 2:30 PM: “Iran at Home: Art Culture and Politics”
3- 4 PM: “Iran Abroad: Perceptions of Iran in the World”
4:30 PM: Closing Remarks by Dr. Kamran Talattof, Professor of Persian Language and Literature: “”Dichotomy, Discontinuity, and Resistance: How to Smurf Iran.”

All activities are free and open to the public and will be followed by a catered reception by Zayna Mediterranean.

Dr. Leila Hudson, Director of SISMEC and Associate Director of MENAS, believes that this event is necessary to inform the university and greater Tucson community of both the confluence of international positions on Iran, and the lesser covered but equally important topic of everyday practices and politics in Iran:


“Each year Iran becomes more and more important as a Middle East regional power.  Its ever expanding influence in Iraq, relationship with Hizbollah, involvement in the Syrian civil war, collaborations with Russia and Turkey, overtures to the Gulf states, and ongoing nuclear negotiations are each dynamic chess games in a turbulent Middle East.  President Rouhani is a very different leader than Ahmadinejad, so we want to provide an overview of how his government is approaching Iran’s domestic and international issues.”


For more information and the latest updates about the event, see its Facebook page.

Finally, in anticipation of the event, SISMEC would like to extend a call for submissions for articles about Iran—please be sure to note our submission guidelines. And as always, feel free to contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you there!