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Oil plays key role in United States' conflict with Iran, U of M Morris economist says

February 29, 2012

In a time of escalating rhetoric between the Obama Administration and Iran, scholars this week are taking a closer look at Iran's past, present and uncertain future at a national conference in California. A University of Minnesota, Morris expert who can comment on the United States’ tumultuous relationship with Iran and the role of the international oil economy in this conflict is:

Cyrus Bina, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics and Management

Bina says the current debate over Iran’s nuclear energy ambitions cannot be separated from longstanding social, political and economic issues surrounding the role of oil, dictatorships and American foreign policy.

He will be presenting this week at a conference on “Constitutional Politics in Modern Iran: A Re-Examination and Implications for the Future” at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bina is a member of Economists for Peace and Security. He is the author of “The Economics of the Oil Crisis” and co-editor of “Modern Capitalism and Islamic Ideology in Iran.” His new book, “Oil: A Time Machine – Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics,” was released last year.

For more information about Bina’s books and conference presentation, see and

To interview Bina, contact Jeff Falk, University News Service, or (612) 626-1720.

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