Lecture series about Iran

The Association of Diplomacy in Practice organised a series of lectures about Iran between the 9th and 16th of December 2015. The first one was held by Zsombor Cseh, former President of the Association. Currently he is a tour guide at Eupolisz travel agency and is studying for his Master’s degree in International Business at Corvinus University of Budapest. The main foci of Zsombor’s lecture were the culture, the everyday life and the wonderful landscapes of Iran. Through his stories we learned about the famous Iranian hospitality, and gained insight into the region where a number of the Middle East’s natural spectacles are located.

The second part of the series was held on the 10th of December 2015. What consequences could the Iranian nuclear deal have? Can it be considered as a model and how will it contribute to the stability of the region? Those interested could get answers to such questions from two distinguished experts. The participants of the discussion were Erzsébet N. Rózsa, senior research fellow at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and lecturer at the National University of Public Service; and László Csicsmann, associate professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The moderator of the programme was Máté Szalai, research fellow at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. They discussed the general observations and lessons of the last six months and the changes in diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. We could also hear the experts’ opinions about the future of Iran, which is most probably going in a different direction with this unprecedented deal.

The third and last lecture in the series was held by His Excellency Mohammed Reza Morshedzadeh, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Hungary. The title of the lecture was “The role of Iran in the stabilization of the Middle East region”. After a short video about the country, the Ambassador set forth the main points of the second letter addressed to the Western youth from the leader of the Islamic revolution. Then he stated his country’s stand on the crisis in the Middle East. The Ambassador emphasized that the real teachings and fundamental principles of Islam are contrary to the messages and slogans of the Islamic State; therefore Iran finds it important to fight the terrorist organization. “In the last years the entering of fighting forces into the Islamic world demanded countless victims. In addition, the countries in the centre of this lost their economic and industrial infrastructure. Their progress towards growth and development not only stopped, but in many cases regressed several decades”, he stated. The Ambassador named the politics of the Western countries and their regional allies as the main source of instability. He pointed out that Iran does not participate in alliances, but acts impartially, for it is their firm intention to play an active role in the restoration of order in the region.

In connection to the recently agreed nuclear deal he stated his country’s delight that the misunderstandings are starting to be cleared. He expressed his hope that the deal will help a more effective fight against terrorism, which has been causing suffering to humanity for way too long. In the last part of the lecture, His Excellency answered questions from the audience, emphasizing his country’s important part in maintaining security and stability in the region.