Pouya Alimagham of Massachusetts Institute of Technology joins Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast to discuss his new book, Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprising. In the book, Alimagham analyzes the history of Iran and the Middle East to highlight how activists contested the Islamic Republic’s legitimacy. (Starts at 0:35). Nate Grubman of Stanford University discusses his article, “A Dictator’s Day in Court,” published in the Journal of Democracy. (Starts at 33:30). Valeria Resta of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of North Africa and the Middle East discusses her latest article, “The ‘myth of moderation’ following the Arab Uprisings: polarization in Tunisia and Egypt’s founding elections,” published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. (Starts at 50:54).
Music for this season’s podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir’s work on his YouTube Channel.