Iran’s Maritime Military Strategy: From Peaceful Competition to Violent Conflict

Date:               14 November 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary: In today’s multipolar era, there is increasing competition among states for sea control, sea lines of communication, access to global markets, and diplomatic partnerships. Additionally, the hyper-connected world and the spread of technologies to state, non-state, and hybrid actors have increased the variety of coercive power available to disrupt maritime transit or wage guerrilla warfare at sea. This lecture will analyze current strategies of the navies of the Islamic Republic of Iran that in recent months been involved in maritime engagements, ranging from peaceful competition to violent conflict. 

Bio: Professor Amin Tarzi is the Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, an adjunct Professor of Practice (International Relations & Political Science) at University of Southern California’s Dornsife, Washington DC Program, and a Senior Fellow, Program on the Middle East, at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His previous experience includes the position of Senior Research Associate for the Middle East at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, the post of Political Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Mission to the United Nations, and Analyst on Iranian affairs at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi.

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