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MEI Launches Special Viewpoints on The 30th Anniversary of The Iranian Revolution

WASHINGTON, DC - January 29, 2009 - The Middle East Institute announces a special edition of Viewpoints entitled "The Iranian Revolution at 30."  This wide-ranging mega-collection of more than 50 original essays is the first of a series of six similar publications commemorating the events of 1979.

An MEI briefing on February 11, 2009 will further address the Iranian Revolution and the current state of the Revolution in modern Iran (details at

Provocative essays from 53 academics and policy experts discuss the Revolution's effects on many different facets of life in Iran, including gender issues, education, media, the environment, energy, and foreign policy. The essays provide an opportunity for reflection on the Revolution's positive and negative outcomes, as well as its long-term influence and future prospects. Complementing the essays is an extensive resource section of maps, statistics, a timeline, an extensive selected bibliography and detailed schematics of Iran's internal power structure.  This publication can be viewed at

Dr. R.K. Ramazani

The publication is dedicated to renowned Iran scholar Dr. R.K. Ramazani, a long-time MEI supporter and member of The Middle East Journal Board of Advisory Editors. Dr. Ramazani, who has written on Iran since 1954, is currently Professor Emeritus of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.  His essay, "Understanding Iranian Foreign Policy," prefaces this edition of Viewpoints.

Five more special editions of Viewpoints will be issued throughout 2009, marking the 30th anniversaries of the Egyptian/Israeli peace accord, the rise of Zia ul-Haq and fall of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan, the Oil Shock, the seizure of the Grand Mosque and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Since 1946, the Middle East Institute has been dedicated to increasing Americans' knowledge and understanding of the region.  MEI offers program activities, media outreach, language courses, scholars and an academic journal to help achieve its goals. Please visit for more information.


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