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2022 AIIA ACT Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2022 AIIA ACT Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held from 5.45pm-6:15pm on Wednesday 23rd November at the AIIA Conference Centre, Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin, ACT. Please note that the AGM is for financial AIIA (ACT) members only. It will be held in-person and not be broadcast online via Zoom.

The AGM will be followed by a presentation by former President of the AIIA (ACT Branch) and senior international affairs analyst, Ian Dudgeon. He will be presenting on the impact of the recent women's protests in Iran on the government's theocratic rule. The presentation will immediately follow the AGM from 6:15pm-7:15pm and will be live streamed online to registrants not attending the AGM. Drinks and nibbles will be available for members attending the AGM and presentation in person from 5:30pm.

Nomination for position on Council and proxy forms for the AGM are available here. Nominations must be received by the Public Officer at, by the 20th November 2022, using the form provided. Notice of proxies are required 24 hours before the scheduled start of the meeting and should be addressed to the President. The President's and Treasurer's Reports for 2021-2022, and the financial statements are also available here.

Presentation by Ian Dudgeon on 'Iran: Do the Current Protests Threaten the Ruling Theocracy?'

The death in custody on 16 September 2022 in Tehran of Masha Amini, arrested by Iranian morality police for infringing the hijab dress code, triggered nation-wide protests, initiated and led by women, that challenge the government's fundamentalist policies and seek to establish women's rights and freedoms.

In his presentation, senior international affairs analyst, Ian Dudgeon, will address the effects and likely outcome of these protests. Mr Dudgeon will pose and answer several questions: can the ruling theocracy successfully suppress these protests as for other protests in the past? Is ethnicity a factor? Is foreign interference by Iran's 'enemies' also a factor? Do the protests have the potential to become a much wider anti-government movement that could threaten the theocracy? Do they mark the beginning of the end of Iran as an Islamic Republic? Are the revolutionary drivers that have underpinned the theocracy since 1979 still relevant today? Is it time for change, and if so, is the theocracy's leadership capable of change? And if not…?


AIIA National Office, Stephen House
32 Thesiger Court
Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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