Iran, Diversity, Democracy and Federalism

by Savalan

Idris Ahmedi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University!

Idris Ahmedi will discuss contending perspectives on the future of Iran with respect to its ethnic diversity. Is diversity a threat to Iran's territorial integrity, or a facilitator to the rise of meaningful democracy?

Like many countries in the Middle East, Iran is multiethnic or multinational. Like all states in the region, the Iranian state embarked on a project of "nation-building" at the beginning of the 20th century. Nation-building in Iran was essentially an attempt to create a monolithic "Iranian nation" by suppressing ethnic diversity and imposing Persian ethnic identity on the other ethnic communities.


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Cho Iran Nabashad, tan-e-man mabad

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Iran is a multi-cultural society.  Lands taken by Russian including Azerbaijan must be returned to the mother land, Iran because 100 years agreement was over few years ago.

As a deep rooted Azeri, Iran is NOT separable from its ethnic groups.

Ajar Iran olmasa, benim vojodom olma sin (Cho Iran Nabashad, tan-e-man mabad).



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He has some points

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But the overall situation isn't that dramatic, else these groups would have gotten rid of different rulers many many decades ago...

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With a Name like "Idris" ain't he confusing Iran and Libya ? ;0)

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