Author Ray Takeyh will speak on his recent book, The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty (Yale University Press, 2021) that tells the history of America and Iran from the time the last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was placed on the throne in 1941 to the 1979 revolution that brought the present Islamist government to power. Takeyh will touch on new interpretations of many key events—such as the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini—providing a different perspective of America and Iran’s complex and difficult history.
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Ray Takeyh is the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former State Department official. His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East, and Islamist movements and parties. He has also written more than 250 articles and opinion pieces in many news outlets including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.