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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died on May 19 when a helicopter carrying the leader, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other top officials, crash-landed in the mountains of northern Iran, throwing the future of the country and the region into further doubt. Raisi’s death followed a brief, but not inconsequential era in Iranian politics that saw the country veering toward a more hard-line direction that threatened to bring the Middle East into more complex regional conflict. Under his rule, Iran pursued greater rapprochement with China; supported Russia in its war against Ukraine with extensive exports of military aid; increased attacks by regional proxy militias against the United States and Israel after Hamas’s October 2023 cross-border attack on Israel; and reinvigorated the draconian morality police which sparked the Women, Life, Freedom protests in the wake of Mahsa Amini's death in police custody in 2022. The demonstrations proved to be the largest and longest in the Islamic Republic’s near 50-year history.

Geopolitical observers note that his death isn’t likely to result in significant changes in Iranian policies or conduct, but what does this mean for escalating fever-pitch tensions in the Middle East, with Iran directly in conflict with Israel and backing Hamas, a faltering economy and continuing domestic repression, and the current and future direction of U.S.-Iran relations with major elections on the horizon?

Join Robert Asaadi, author of Postrevolutionary Iran: The Leader, the People, and the Three Powers and faculty-member at Portland Community College for a rapid-response look at the big issues surrounding this major global development.

About the Speaker

Robert Asaadi is an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Portland Community College and previously taught at Portland State University. He holds an MA and PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Political Science from the University of Iowa. His research and teaching interests include: international relations theory; international security; modern and contemporary Iranian politic; and U.S. Foreign Policy. His first book, Postrevolutionary Iran: The Leader, the People, and the Three Powers, was published with Rowman & Littlefield.

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Iran's Next Chapter: What does Raisi's death mean for the region?

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