The relationship between Iran and the West appears to have reached a new low point. The nuclear agreement with Iran is on the point of collapse following US reimposition of sanctions and the naval build up and the standoff over oil supplies in the Strait of Hormuz is dangerous. The potential for armed conflict is very real and there are powerful interests in the US and elsewhere, keen to promote such a conflict. But the history of the fraught relationship between Iran and the West is complex and goes back a long way. The present situation must be seen against this background.
Yassamine Mather is the Acting Editor of the Academic Journal ‘Critique’ and is a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes on BBC Persian. She is a member of the Senior Common Room of St. Anthony”s College, Oxford and undertakes research within the Middle East Centre at Oxford. Her research interests encompass the Middle East with particular emphasis on Iranian politics. She will look at the background to the current crisis both from the perspective inside Iran and the geopolitical forces at play in western policy towards Iran. She will also discuss how the present crisis could be resolved and prospects for developing a future more positive relationship between Iran and the West.
28th October 2019