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So many similarities : linking domestic dissent to foreign threat in Iran


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Abstract: This paper offers an analysis of Iran’s hardline narrative about the 2009 events in general and the Green Movement in particular. This narrative dismisses domestic challenges to the regime as a product of Western interference. The paper shows that this narrative is a product not of simple paranoia, but an inherently consistent and thought through narrative based in existing understanding of Western meddling. The regime not only tries to defuse opposition by connecting it to a foreign threat, but also aims to justify the violence used against journalists, reformers and Green Movement activists by branding them as ‘agents of the West’. Whether the regime succeeds in selling their message to a broader Iranian public remains the question, and may partly rely on the availability of a counter-narrative from the side of the Greens.
Authors: Warnaar, M.
Series Title: Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia Working Paper
Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Category: Research
Serial number: 20
ISSN: 2210-3473
Keywords: government , policy
Language: eng
Organization: Hivos – Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation
Organization: University of Amsterdam
PAGE: 18
Place: The Hague [etc.]
Publisher: Hivos [etc.]
Year: 2011
Region: Southwest Asia
Right: © 2011 Hivos & University of Amsterdam
Subject: Social and Political Change
Title: So many similarities : linking domestic dissent to foreign threat in Iran