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27.10.2022 - 27.10.2022 | Hamburg

Iran: Pivot to the East amidst Domestic Repression

Through the GIGA Talks series, the Berlin office shares the results of the GIGA’s research and its regional expertise on global trends and current events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

As protests and human rights violations prevail in Iran, the Islamic Republic continues to orient itself towards the East. It is deepening its relations with major Asian and Eurasian powers such as Russia, China, and India. Iran recently announced its intention to become a member of BRICS. It has also signed a strategic “25-Year Roadmap” with China and recently joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization; it is facing a deadlock in nuclear negotiations with the Western powers while selling armed drones to Russia and promoting various geoeconomic initiatives involving China, Russia, India, and other Eurasian actors. Domestically, the government is experiencing mass protests that threaten its legitimacy and cooperating with other authoritarian states on domestic repression. Regardless of the outcome of JCPOA negotiations, Iran, which can be called a Eurasian swing state, is likely to “turn to the east” – as recently announced by the country’s leaders. 

This GIGA Talk seeks to shed light on this key strategic development by addressing the following questions: How substantive is this “turn”? What are the challenges for Iran in realising it? Given the increasing proximity between China, Russia, and Iran, can we meaningfully start talking about an “Eastern bloc” – as some analysts already do? Will this turn (and the Ukraine war) lead to authoritarian solidarity between China, Russia, and Iran? If so, will this close alignment make quelling dissent easier for them or will it be detrimental to their legitimacy? How does this “turn” affect regional security and global energy markets? And, finally, how can the European Union in general and Germany in particular best respond and adapt to such shifts? 

Speakers: 
Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies.

Barbara Slavin is Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.

Discussant: 
Gregory Bledjian is Head of Division Middle East at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Moderator:
Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz is Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies.

Hinweise zur Teilnahme:
The event will be held in English. We would like to ask you to register for this event. The registration is free of charge.

Termin:

27.10.2022 16:00 - 17:15

Veranstaltungsort:

Online Event
Hamburg
Hamburg
Deutschland

Zielgruppe:

Wissenschaftler, jedermann

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Relevanz:

international

Sachgebiete:

Politik

Arten:

Seminar / Workshop / Diskussion

Eintrag:

19.10.2022

Absender:

Verena Schweiger

Abteilung:

Fachabteilung Kommunikation

Veranstaltung ist kostenlos:

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Textsprache:

Englisch

URL dieser Veranstaltung: http://idw-online.de/de/event72760


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