A look on US-Iran tensions, masculinity, nuclear disarmament and the concept of revolutionary love. An interview with Rebecca Irby, Founder of the PEAC Institute.
Comenzar un análisis internacional con la teoría del feminismo es una directa provocación. Escoger el caso de estudio de las tensiones entre Irán y Estados Unidos lo es aún más.
El próximo martes 23 de julio realizaremos el mastermind de análisis internacional sobre el caso:
Tensión Irán – EE.UU.
7 – 9 p.m. hora CDMX
Los objetivos de las salas virtuales son los siguientes:
1. Intercambio analítico entre pares con conocimiento, experiencia en terreno y/o interés en aprender más del tema
2. Conectar a expertos e internacionales de toda Latinoamérica con trasfondos e intereses similares
Cada mastermind tiene una inversión de tan sólo 22 USD y tiene un cupo limitado para asegurar la cohesión del mismo.
Al registrarte a la sala virtual (a la que puedes sintonizar por Zoom web, teléfono o mobile app) también recibirás:
* Principales apuntes del encuentro
* Un pdf con lecturas recomendadas del caso
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Clues to what is happening this summer.
1. Neorealism explains it best.
Why? What we are seeing is balance of power and a reaffirmation of how US-UK perceive the international order: there is no safety so we have to take security over “perceived” threats on our hands. I say “perceived” because economic interests are at stake since 1980s in the Gulf, capitalists are eager to break through, a marxist theory would point out.
2. No de-escalation efforts
Yesterday, #FareedZakaria, one of the main theorists of neoclassical realism, did an interview with #AndersonCooper. (Watch here) His controversial view is clearly on the spot: rallying on tensions are happening on many fronts, adding pressure and sanctions have NO pacific end. No negotiations, no talks are on the horizon for conflict de-escalation.
In that sense, my take is: the bed is being made and is not going to be pretty at all.
3. Beware of narratives for they are one-sided
War journalism is having a feast. Al Jazeera along with RT are few of the mainstream outlets seeking to give Iran a voice. When doing discourse analysis, Iran has been very coy and stating those seeking confrontation are countries from other parts of the world. The enrichment of uranium is the top loophole they are failing to address. Iran’s position on the chess board is crystal clear. US strategy is backfiring while Saudi Arabia and Israel’s silence is a sure safety net. UK’s involvement is surprising at this point but after Trump’s visit to London last June, it only reassures a bigger strategy is on the works.
Feminist Theory Tip
A feminist theorist would say there is a threat to hegemonic masculinity. Iran is being punished for attempting to develop elements (some say of course, a weapon of mass destruction) only allowed to “true” and “strong” men. Iran’s desire to contest Saudi Arabia’s influence in the Middle East as well as Turkey doesn’t help. The fact that it has called for the destruction of Israel, US protegé, is another red flag showing this male State is behaving “bad”, it is an “enemy” of the “camaraderie” of States. He is therefore, considered, a villain to the status quo.