Asan in the News

[Arirang Radio]  2015-8-7

Iran’s Fake American Fastfood Franchises and the Politics of People in Iran

1. What are the fake American fastfood franchises in Iran?

2. Why do Iranians imitate the American fastfood chains? US has been considered the enemy country against the Islamic Republic of Iran until very recently, right?

3. Tell us about Iranian society more then. We know that the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran is very conservative and hardliner. What about Iranian people and society?

4. Is there the cultural presence or influence of Korea in Iran?

* Good Morning Seoul (2015.8.7)

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.