Faculty Advisor

Weinberger, Seth

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2018


In Iran’s history, there have been two prominent periods where international interference has led to a marked decrease in state revenue. One of these periods was in 1953, when a Central Intelligence Agency coup allowed the Anglo-Iranian oil company to reclaim possession of Iranian oil. The second was in 2006 to 2015, when the international community imposed various sanctions on Iran in order to curb the country’s nuclear weapons program. These sanctions regimes led to the crafting and acceptance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Charles Tilly’s theory of state formation shows how the change in capital is tied to key events that changed the coercive capacity of the Iranian government.


University of Puget Sound