Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz (L) in Tehran, Apr. 17, 2001. Iran's relations with its Gulf neighbors improved significantly since moderate cleric Khatami was elected.
Why Arab States Fear Islamist Regimes: Threat Perception and Soft Power Politics
Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building-5th Floor
November 30, 2009
|Speaker:||Lawrence Rubin, Research Fellow, Dubai Initiative|
The Islamist regimes that seized power in Sudan (1989), Afghanistan (1996), and Iran (1979) did not have significant military capabilities when they came to power, and in some cases never achieved it. Yet these Islamist regimes were regarded by neighboring states, including Muslim-majority countries, as serious national security threats. Using comparative case studies of Egyptian and Saudi Arabian responses to the rise of Islamist regimes in Sudan and Iran, this project examines why Arab states regard Islamist regimes with limited military capabilities as threats to their security and analyzes how this threat perception affects domestic and international politics.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Dubai Initiative.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School