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MWH: Global Conflicts (Self-Determination: Iran)  

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Background Information

The Shah of Iran came to power in the early 1950's. He was backed by the United States for security against the Soviet Union. However, the Shah conducted an extremely oppressive regieme against opposition elements, especially the Shite Islamic community. Resentment boiled over when then U.S offered asylum to the Shah in 1977. The U.S embassy was overrun and hostages taken. Iran eventually began testing  medium and long-range missiles and is currently trying to build a nuclear weapon among the disapproval of the US and other western powers.  After many sanctions, Iran lashed out at its enemies.   The British flag was burned and  American hikers were kidnapped and accused of espionage.


  • interdependence
  • self-determination
  • domination

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    How can knowledge of global conflicts help us predict and avoid conflicts in the future?

    What is the primary cause of each conflict?

    • Political Ideology?
    • Self-determination?
    • Limited Resources?
    • National Identity?
    • Religious Differences?
    • Ethnic Differences?

    Who are the people involved? Why are they involved?

    How did the conflict start? Has it ended?

    What has happened as a result of the conflict?


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      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
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      • Shi'ite
      • Muslim revolution
      • westernization
      • "axis of evil"
      • nuclear energy
      • Israel
      • uranium
      • United Nations
      • sanctions
      • atomic bomb
      • George W Bush
      • fixed election
      • ballot tampering
      • United Nations Security Council (weapons inspectors)
      • embargo




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