This course introduces participants to the history, politics, and foreign relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It offers a tour d’horizon of Iranian history, with a focus on the 20th century. You will learn about the rise and fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty (1925-1979), the legacy of the 1953 coup, and the Iranian revolution. Furthermore, the course explains the political system of the Islamic Republic, the distribution of the political authority, and the structure of the armed forces and security services. This course zooms in on Iran’s foreign policy and analyzes US-Iran relations, as well as Iran’s bilateral relations with its key neighbours and its involvement in regional conflicts. It discusses Iran’s nuclear strategy and lays out the core principles driving Iran’s foreign and defence policies. Finally, it analyzes bilateral relations between Canada and Iran, including the historical background to the relationship, as well as key developments in recent years. The course concludes with a debate on options moving forward for Canada’s policy towards the Islamic Republic.