Adapt to Survive on the Edge of Chaos: Iran's Evolving Concept of Security

Farzin Nadimi

York Centre for International Security Studies, York University

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the resultant overwhelming Western military presence in the region prompted the Islamic Republic of Iran to reassess its defence policies and adopt a strategy of an asymmetric nature. In this talk, Farzin Nadimi will examine the choices that the Islamic Republic has made so far in restructuring its security organization as well as defence industries. Another important and influential factor is the emerging energy security trends in both the Persian Gulf and the Caspian basin. Addressing this trend, Nadimi will also look at the historical patterns of Iran's role in regional security, Iran's perception of challenges to its energy security, which is moving it toward assuming a blue-water naval role, and the possible effects of the 'Arab Spring' in Iran's evolving concept of security.

Farzin Nadimi is a security analyst and military historian who has published widely on the subject. He has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the York Centre for International and Security Studies at York University in Toronto.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Alumni Boardroom, 617 Robertson Hall
Carleton University
Metered public parking is available
in Parking Garage P9, adjacent to Robertson Hall
Light sandwich lunch will be provided.
Registration is requested by Thursday, 17 November 2011
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