Awardee: Robert Asaadi
Institution: Portland Community College
Department/Discipline: Political Science
Course Title: Introduction to Iranian Politics
The course shifts the line of inquiry from the usual emphasis on U.S.-Iran relations toward a more regionally grounded approach to understanding the complexities of Iranian domestic politics and foreign policy. Topics include: nuclear politics, proxy conflict, political Islam, terrorism, the politics of oil, and regional security and stability. The course also emphasizes the historical context and current status of Iran’s relations with other great powers, such as Russia and China.