St. Paul Chapter July Meetup

Topic:   Empire and its Discontents:  Keeping Iran in Line[masked]

Presenter:    Dick Taylor

During the post-World War 2 era, the US/Iran relationship has been fraught with strife and conflict. This talk will focus, in a chronological way, on how and why that conflict evolved.  Major themes that will be addressed include: the “Grand Area Strategy” of the US; the UK’s role in Iran[masked]; the 1953 coup that overthrew the parliamentary regime of Mohammed Mossadegh; the client regime of the Shah and its role in the American system; US/Iranian hostility during the period of the Islamic Republic; how other conflicts in the Middle East contributed to the current nuclear imbroglio; Iran’s military doctrine; the relevance of the Clinton Doctrine and the Bush Doctrine; military budgets of selected relevant states; and US “geo-strategic imperatives.”  Please note that this talk focuses on the historical context of US/Iranian antagonism, not on the particularities of the Joint Plan of Action arrived at in November 2013

Dick Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1970 with a B.A. degree in political science.  He received a M.A.T. degree from St. Thomas College in St. Paul in 1973.  Throughout his career as a teacher and more so after his retirement he has written and spoken extensively on topics concerning politics, economics, and history.  His most recent talk for CTC discussed the origins of the Vietnam War.

Breakfast Buffet $12.00 Coffee only $3.00.  We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so please RSVP by Friday morning, July 4..


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  • Susan M.

    Dear Dick,
    Do you know whether the Koch Brothers are donors to our University of Mn.?

    Susan McAninch

    July 17

    • Dick S.

      No Susan, I don't find any direct connection by the brothers, Charles & David, Flint Hills Refinery, their other family members,or their foundations.

      July 18

  • Milo

    Great history lesson!

    July 6

  • Paul C.

    I won't be there on Sunday. sorry

    July 5

  • Paul C.

    Are you aware of the role, Gertrude Bell , The Deseert Queen, had in formulating Near East Political policies?

    July 5

  • Diana L.

    Sorry I'm going to miss this one!

    1 · June 15, 2014

    • Nancy

      Same here!

      June 30, 2014

  • Lee S.

    Dick Taylor always makes thorough thought provoking presentations... this will be a real informative history lesson from which all will benefit

    June 15, 2014

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