Getting an understanding on world conflict

I recently read an article in the Smithsonian  –Inside Iran’s fury by Stephen Kinzer, Oct 2008- providing an interesting insight into  Iran-U.S. relations.  If nothing else, this article is a great reminder that present international relations are still shaped from history often forgotten and that justification of current actions is often deep rooted in past experiences of unfairness and oppression.  For a lot of Americans remembering the ’80s, Iran-U.S. relationships were shaped on Nov 4, 1979, with the beginning of the U.S. hostage crisis.  However, for Iranians these relationships are still shaped by events dating even further back in history, in the 1950s, and the undermining through western interventions of their country’s attempt to democratize and free itself.  According to the writer of this Smithsonian article, “This chasm of perception reflects the enormous gap in the way Americans and Iranians viewed – and continue to view – one another.  It will be hard for them to reconcile their difference unless they begin seeing the world through each other’s eyes.”

To read Stephen Kinzer’s reflective and provocative article:

 — log into our library web page and click on the link e-Journals,  under the heading Research Tools.

— click on COCC Barber Library electronic journal collection and do a search for Smithsonian.

Academic Search Premier is one of the databases that will allow you to search and locate the article.  Use the Search within this publication link in the green menu bar of the database.

— type in the title of the article: inside iran’s fury 

—  in the list of results you will see the article available in “HTML Full Text”


Still interested in critical viewpoints on events that shape our world? History in Dispute, one of our library’s series (Reference collection, call# D20.H543 2000), is a publication that presents challenging perspectives on important issues throughout time around the globe.  Each entry offers an introduction to the controversies surrounding a historical event accompanied by expert written articles arguing differing points of view.

Resources such as these give an opportunity to reflect on and try to understand our world’s conflicts before we consider what those best ways may be to confront or resolve them.


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