Sunnis and Shi’is: Has the Arab Spring Deepened the Divide?

Saturday Nov 2, 2013

1616 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM






Albuquerque International Association

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A lecture by by Dr. Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations at Boston University.

Albuquerque International Association will host a talk and a top expert on Iran and Hezbollah. In the early years of the 21st Century, Iran enjoyed remarkable popularity in the Arab world and was on the geopolitical ascendancy.  Two wars on its borders removed detested regimes from power. In 2001, the Taliban regime crumbled when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.  Two years later Saddam Hussein in Iraq was toppled by the Anglo-American invasion of 2003.  Meanwhile, in Arab capitals, such as Cairo and Damascus, Hezbollah’s prowess was applauded and Hasan Nasrallah attained rock star popularity.  Particularly since the onset of the Arab Awakening in late 2010, Iran’s popularity has sagged, and an intense contest for influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran has emerged.