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June 2018

Thwarting Iranistan: Iran and the USSR in the 1970s and early 1980s: Savka Andic

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The remarkably settled nature of the Soviet-Iranian relationship during the late Pahlavi period was followed by a period of cautious Soviet activism in the early revolutionary years (1979-1980). In a bipolar world, the Shah had apparently succeeded in tempering his pro-American orientation by establishing multiple cultural, technical and economic ties to the Soviet Union – just enough investment to provide good insurance against a possible souring of relations. The Soviet leadership was not unappreciative of his efforts and reciprocated as…

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September 2018

The tribal rugs of Iran: Brian MacDonald (provisional date)

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Brian W. MacDonald FRGS During the 1970s, whilst carrying out reconnaissance work for two university archaeological expeditions in southern Iran, Brian travelled extensively throughout that country as well as in Afghanistan and Turkey. In 1972, he lived and worked amongst two tribal groups in Iran – the Afshar of Kerman Province and the Qashqa’i of Fars - making him one of the very few world carpet dealers who have actually spent ‘time in the field’. From 1973 onwards, he worked…

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