Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vienna: The Pasdaran -- Inside Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Lecture & book presentation
with Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi
(Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Defence of Democracies in Washington and long-term director of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels)
Chair: Simone Dinah Hartmann (STOP THE BOMB)
Thursday, November 17th 2011, 7.30 PM
University Campus Altes AKH, Court 10.2, Lecture Hall D (Map)
Spitalgasse 4, 1090 Vienna
The event will be held in English.
The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami) is more commonly known as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), or the Pasadran. Most recently, the IRGC draw international attention for its alleged involvement in the attack plans in Washington DC. Sworn by an oath of loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader, the IRGC is the regime's Praetorian Guard, the custodian of its nuclear program, and now a juggernaut in Iran's economy. Since 1979, the Guards have played a key role in protecting the Revolution internally against domestic opposition while actively seeking to export it abroad. The IRGC has been at the forefront of repression every time ordinary Iranians have protested their lack of freedoms, including after the fraudulent presidential elections of June 2009. Iran's sponsorship of terrorism abroad is also executed through the IRGC's overseas operations' branch, the Qods Forces.In „The Pasdaran: Inside Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps“, Emanuele Ottolenghi offers a detailed overview of how the IRGC came into being, how the Guards rose to a position of prominence in Iran's current power structure, how they have penetrated Iran's economy, how they are working to help Iran attain nuclear weapons.
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi has taught at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College in Oxford. He has advised several foreign ministries in Europe, and testified before the Canadian and European parliaments. He has written for The Gurdian, Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Welt. Beside „The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps“ he is author of „Under a mushroom cloud. Europe, Iran and the Bomb“, „Iran: The Looming Crisis. Can the West Live with Iran’s Nuclear Threat?“ and co-author of „Iran im Weltsystem. Bündnisse des Regimes und Perspektiven der Freiheitsbewegung“.
Organized by STOP THE BOMB and Studienvertretung Doktorat Gewi/Hus

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