Class Year

2016

Date

4-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Politics

First Advisor

James Marquardt

Second Advisor

Ahmad Sadri

Third Advisor

Evan Oxman

Abstract

The quest for democracy in Iran can trace its roots back to the Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1907. However, Iranians have yet to establish a successful democratic government due to a combination of foreign interference and the lack of proper socio-political structures to accommodate such a transition. The generation born after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 is by far Iran’s best hope for finally realizing the goals of this century long struggle. In this paper I will argue that the legal structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran, her politics, the demographics of the country, and the role of women how they are an integral part of the vitality of the Green Movement, all indicate that the necessary ingredients are present for successful democratic transition in the next decade or so.


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