ça change, plus c’est la même chose. (The more things change, the more they remain the same.)
The Iranian Revolution has demonstrated the validity of the adage-- the more things
change; the more they remain the same. Human rights violations and
political repression abound. Newspapers are shut down and anyone with
an alternative view is marginalized and harassed. This
seems counter-intuitive given a revolution changes the political
landscape. But in most cases it replaces one set of elite with another. Of course, there have
been positive changes as well. But it is hard to focus on them when elections seem fraudulent and protestors are beaten.
I teach comparative and international politics in the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. My teaching interests include international relations,
Middle East politics and political terrorism. My research focus is on democratization in the Middle East and Central Asia.
That is me on the right, not the left! But politically Kissinger and I are probably polar opposites. >>
While the situation described above in Iran is not the whole story, I hope to reflect on political change in the
region via this page. This web page is an effort to
introduce the visitor to me and my work, as well as, topics in
political science and Middle Eastern politics. Also, I would like
the visitor to get some exposure to Iran.
The first tidbit is Farhad's "jomeh."
This old song sounds even more true than when it was first released. The
second tidbit is the miniature painting on the right from Farshchian,
the great Persian miniaturist, entitled "chogan," or polo, a sport played in
Iran hundreds of years ago.
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