University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joint Area Centers Symposiums
“Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power?”
April 1-2, 2011

An Iranian Studies conference at the University of Illinois, “Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power?”, is scheduled to take place on April 1-2, 2011. It is intended to examine the critical issues surrounding Iran’s interactions with various countries in different regions of the world. Because of its vast energy resources, strategic position in the Middle East, and the political stances of its government, Iran has become a significant player in the world arena. Over the past few decades, it has challenged the West, especially the United States, while developing new relations with many countries in the rest of the world. This strategy has been complex, entailing considerable tensions with some countries and economic and political alliances with some others. To analyze this strategy in depth and to understand how Iran’s relations with different countries interact with each other at the global level, CSAMES and other centers and departments at the University of Illinois have invited a dozen leading scholars in the field to prepare papers in their areas of expertise and come together to present and discuss them. We expect these papers to explore the trends in Iran’s foreign relations and relate it to the developments inside and outside Iran. Collectively, the papers should offer a broad picture of Iran’s foreign relations and their potential future directions as well as the implications for the countries involved. We plan to publish the proceedings as a volume on Iran’s relations with the rest of the world.