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Watch part 2The Islamic Revolution in 1979, headed by Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini introduced a theocracy in Iran that pledged to stand up to western dominance on the international stage.
Today, 30 years on, massive street demonstrations following a disputed election result are calling that authority into question.
A part of George Bush's original so-called axis of evil, Iran in recent times has been flexing its muscles and exerting its influence in the volatile Middle East region.
In the West has been viewed warily and as a potential international threat ever since the Shah’s overthrow of the Shah.
Professor Hamid DabashiIranian Studies expert, Columbia UniversityRobert MalleyProgramme Director, International Crisis GroupFlynt LeverettSenior Fellow, New America FoundationProfessor Mansour FarhangInternational relations expert, Bennington College
Empire examines the roots of discontent in Iran and questions whether there has been a loss of legitimacy and if the escalation of protests will affect Iran's regional role, its alliances and influence.
Marwan Bishara and his guests debate if Iran can claim to be a role model for other countries to follow. We discuss whether the current crisis is one of individual leaders or of a system of governance and ask what can be expected from the Ahmadinejad and Khamenei camp in the weeks ahead.
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