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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs


Tuesday 1 December 2020

The Ideal River: How control of nature shaped the international order

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Webinar, Joanne Yao

Environmental politics has traditionally been a peripheral concern for IR theory, but increasing alarm over global environmental challenges has elevated international society’s relationship with the natural world into the theoretical limelight (Eckersley 2004; O’Neill 2017; Forrester and Smith 2018; Falkner and Buzan 2019). IR theory’s engagement with environmental politics, however, has largely focused on interstate cooperation in the late-20th century with few works that explore the longstanding historical links between the management of natural resources and the foundations of the modern international order (for noted exceptions, see Scott 1998; Epstein 2008; Bowden 2009).

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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Reflections on the Making of the BBC’s ‘Art of Persia’: The Perils and Pitfalls of Researching Iran

12:55pm, ZOOM, Professor Ali Ansari University of St Andrews

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

16:00 via Zoom

Professor Ali Ansari will talk about the development and production of the BBC Scotland TV series Art of Persia, which was broadcast earlier this year on BBC4, as well as reflect more widely on researching the politics and history of Iran in the modern era.

Ali Ansari is Professor of Modern Middle East History, and Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is a global authority on the politics and history of Iran and is the author of several books on the country, including Iran, Islam and Democracy: the Politics of Managing Change (2000) Modern Iran Since 1921: the Pahlavis and After (2003); Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust (2006); Iran Under Ahmadinejad (2008); The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran (2012) Iran: A Very Short Introduction (2014) Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change, 3rd Edition (2019).