Iran and its provocative leadership have proven newsworthy for decades. In the headlines, religious revolutions and hostage crises have given way to populist movements and government crackdowns. To understand where Iran is headed, an appreciation of this nation’s turbulent history is necessary. Though his rule was toppled in 1979, the life of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, still resonates today. Abbas Milani will discuss the role of the Shah in Iran’s long history and the lasting effects of his rule today, providing insights into the roots of the Iranian revolution and its nuclear program.