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Date: Monday, 9 May, 2022 Time: 7:30 PM EST(USA & Canada)
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Meeting ID: 703 202 1982
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Description: Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s first democratically appointed prime minister in the early 1950s, and Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Georgia’s first democratically elected president in the early 1990s, were two of the most consequential national leaders of the 20th Century. Based on his recent two-volume work, Nicolas Gorjestani will examine Mosaddegh’s and Gamsakhurdia’s life story, resistance strategy, governance, reform record, and overthrow, as well as draw lessons from those events.
Mosaddegh locked horns with Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower in 1951-1953 over the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry, while Gamsakhurdia stood up to Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush in 1990-1991 over independence from the Soviet Union. Their governance was cut short as both leaders were overthrown in similar paramilitary coups. Mosaddegh was toppled in the first post-WWII regime change organized by the British MI6 and the American CIA. Gamsakhurdia was deposed in the first regime change in the former Soviet space by the Soviet Union.
The presentation will be based on the two-volume publication:
Ahead of their Time: The legacies of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and Zviad Gamsakhurdia in Georgia.
Book 1: Mosaddegh; Book 2: Zviad (https://amzn.to/3D75LUc)
The books combine insightful memoir, strategic analysis, economic assessment, and historical review based on primary sources in Georgia, Iran, UK, US and World Bank.
Nicolas Gorjestani is a former senior official of the World Bank with economic development experience spanning four decades in countries undergoing transformational change. Born in Iran of Georgian heritage, Gorjestani has maintained cultural links with both countries, and followed their political economy for more than half a century. He lives in Washington, D.C.