Iran: regional challenges and international threats

Iran: regional challenges and international threats

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invites you to a Discussion titled:

Iran: regional challenges and international threats


Dr Mohammad Haidar*

Paul Ingram**

Roshan Mohammad Saleh***


The demise of Ayatullah Hashemi Rafsanjani is great loss to the Islamic Republic which he helped to establish. Yet Iran has managed to sail through rough seas in the past 38 years. Despite signing the nuclear deal with the 5+1 powers, Iran is still experiencing hostile West and unfriendly region. As it marks the 38th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, it also celebrates political achievements on its regional fronts. From Lebanon through Syria to Iraq and from Bahrain to Yemen Iran is encountering detrimental threats to its political and ideological influence. Yet it has survived four decades of major upheavals, local and regional wars, sanctions and international pressures. Iran’s relations with the Arab World and the West will be explored in this seminar.

Date: Monday, 16th January 2017

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP

* Dr Mohamed Haidar is Lebanese-born economist and activist with BSc degree from the Lebanese University, BA from Yarmouk University (Jordan), MSc from the Lebanese American University and PhD from Durham University. He worked as Business writer with Al-Hayat daily newspaper. He taught and supervised research work at the American University of London. He also cooperated with the International training Centre of the United Nations (ILO) which is located in Turin – Italy. He worked as Financial Consultant for Arab Investments, a company specialized in financing and managing property and property developments. Dr Haidar is regular guest on several media and broadcasting stations such as BBC, RT Al-Jazeera and other stations discussing Business and political issues in the Middle East.

**Paul Ingram is BASIC’s executive director, responsible for developing its strategy to help reduce global nuclear dangers through disarmament and collaborative non-proliferation. Paul has authored a number of BASIC’s reports and briefings covering a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear issues since 2002. Paul has an extensive media experience and hosted a weekly peak-time talk show on IRINN (Iranian domestic TV News in Farsi) addressing issues relevant to global security 2007-2012. He also taught systems approaches on the flagship Top Management Programme at the UK government’s National School of Government 2006-2012.

BASIC: British American Security Information Council

***Roshan Muhammed Salih is journalist at LBP and editor at 5Pillars. He holds BA Hons French and Philosophy from Staffordshire University (August 1994),  Post Graduate Certificate in Journalism from London School of Journalism (August 1998 ) and  Post Graduate Certificate of Education from  Exeter University  (August 1996 ). He worked for two years as a teacher in a secondary school before re-training as a journalist. He started out in local newspapers in the UK before moving into TV production, making political, lifestyle and travel documentaries for mainstream British channels. Roshan then moved to Al Jazeera English’s new wesbite as a journalist in Doha before returning to the UK to become head of news at Islam Channel. He then became head of news in London for Press TV, a position he held for five years. He is  now a documentary maker and run a British Muslim website. His  goals are (mainly) to write and report about the Muslim world.

Admission is Free. Please register for catering purposes – email: or text 07795 660 438

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