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Jo–Anne Hart

Watson Institute for International Studies – Brown University


Filmed in August 2014.

Can we trust Iran to keep its agreements? [1:12]


Filmed in February 2014.

How has the current leadership in Iran and the United States changed international affairs? [1:58]

What is at stake in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program? [2:23]


Filmed in February 2008.

What roles did Britain and Russia play in Iran? [1:18]

Why did oil become important in World War I? [1:11]

What was the Constitutional Revolution? [2:20]

How did Rezah Khan become the shah? [1:25]

How did Rezah Shah change the role of the government? [1:40]

How did Reza Shah try to modernize Iran? [ 3:02]

How did Reza Shah's son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi come to power? [1:15]

To nationalize means to bring under government control. How did Iran nationalize its oil? [2:49]

How did the United States intervene in Iran in 1953? [ 2:37]

Why is the 1953 coup important to Iranians? [1:34]

What was the Iranian Revolution? [1:42]

Why did women start veiling themselves again during the revolution? [1:16]

Why were mosques important in protests against the government? [ 0:54]

What was the hostage crisis? [1:35]

What was the Iranian reaction to the hostage crisis? [1:59]

How did the hostage crisis affect U.S. perceptions of Iran? [1:31]

How did the United States try to rescue the hostages? [1:60]

How did the hostage crisis end? [0:53]

What is Iran's role in the Middle East? [1:29]

What are the U.S. and Iranian perspectives on Iran's nuclear program? [2:28]

Why might Iran want nuclear weapons? [1:49]

Why is Iran concerned about U.S. policy? [1:14]

What do Iranians think about the United States? [1:28]


Jo-Anne Hart is an associate professor of education at Lesley University, where she also teaches international politics in the Middle East. She is a founding member of the Middle East Negotiation Project at Search for Common Ground in Washington, D.C. She has lectured widely at more than two dozen universities, and has given briefings for the U.S. State Department and the military, including Central Command. Hart was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' year-long working group on the Persian Gulf. Currently, Hart is a consultant for the U.S. Army regarding future security challenges in the Persian Gulf. Her numerous publications on Middle East politics and security appear in books and academic journals in the field. She received her BA in political science from UCLA and her MA and PhD in political science from New York University.