Iran – how to make peace with this regional power?
Thierry Kellner, Yann Richard & Mohammad-Reza Djalili
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 13 December 2018, at 7 pm

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Is the withdrawal of the United States’s signature on the multilateral agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal a game-changer in the Middle East? A new source of destabilisation is looming and bringing additional tension to a region already sown with violence and social pathologies. What options are on the table?

Three specialists on Iran will shed light on these issues.


Yann Richard discovered Iran in 1970-72 after studying philosophy and linguistics. He continued studying Persian and Islamology in Tübingen and spent five years as a scientific resident at the Institut Français d’Iranologie in Téhéran to finish his thesis during the “Islamic” revolution (1975-81). He then became a researcher at the CNRS and a professor of Iranian studies at the New Sorbonne University (Paris). His publications are mainly centred on the religious sociology of the Shia (L’islam chi’ite, croyances et idéologies, Paris, Fayard, 1991) and the political and social history of modern Iran (L’Iran de 1800 à nos jours, 3rd ed. Paris, Flammarion, 2016).

Thierry Kellner holds a doctorate in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) / University of Geneva, and is currently a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles, a researcher at EASt (ULB) and at REPI (ULB) and associate researcher at GRIP. He has written several publications and studies on Chinese foreign policy, the geopolitics of central Asia and the Caspian space, issues relating to energy, as well as contemporary Iran and its Asian politics. His most recent work, L’Iran en 100 questions, was published in 2018 and co-written with Mohammad-Reza Djalili.

Mohammad-Reza Djalili is professor emeritus at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. A doctor in political science and diplomacy at the Université libre de Bruxelles, he also taught at the Paris II University, the University of Lausanne and at the University of Tehran. He is co-chair of the journal “Relations internationales”. Among his key publications are Histoire de l’Iran contemporain and L’Iran en 100 questions, both published in 2018 (in collaboration with Thierry Kellner) as well as Géopolitique de l’Iran, Iran: l’illusion réformiste and Diplomatie islamique, stratégie internationale du khomeynisme.

Gaidz Minassian is journalist at Le Monde and teacher at Science Po, Paris.

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