The United States and Iran have been estranged for more than 40 years and are currently at loggerheads over Iran’s nuclear program, its human rights abuses, and a variety of regional issues. Although there have been periods when the two countries’ interests have coincided – which has even included diplomatic agreements – the US and Iran have never been able to build on that progress and reversals have inevitably occurred. “Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the US-Iran Conflict,” a provocative new book by three long-time experts on Iran, explores this history and posits that diverging national narratives have contributed heavily to this dysfunctional relationship.

The Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative invites you to a conversation with the authors about their new book and the prospects for change in US-Iran relations. The discussion will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. A link to the meeting will be sent to those who register to attend. The event is open to press and on-the-record.


Hussein Banai
Assistant Professor of International Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

Malcolm Byrne
Deputy Director and Director of Research
The National Security Archive

Holly Dagres
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

John Tirman
Executive Director and Principal Research Scientist
MIT Center for International Studies

Moderated by

Barbara Slavin
Director, Future of Iran Initiative
Atlantic Council