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Upcoming Panel: Decision Time in Iran

On July 14th, 2015 the United States and its international partners announced that they had reached a nuclear deal with Iran. Although there are many skeptics, others claim that the deal is already historic since it peacefully encourages transparency and prevents Iran's development of a nuclear bomb.

On Tuesday September 8, 2015 the School of Global and International Studies will host a panel that will discuss the proposed deal in detail. The panelists include scholars, diplomats, and practicioners each with expertise covering Iran, the Middle East, nuclear non-proliferation, and working with the U.S. Congress. There will be a reception at 6:30pm with the panel beginning promptly at 7:00pm.

The panel will include:

Professor Asma Asruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and an expert on Islamic religious and political thought, who will addresss how the agreement is seen in Iranian society and the broader region.

Distinguished Professor Jamsheed Choksy, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, he will address competing Iranian government views;

Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Distinguished Professor of Practice at SGIS, who will address the national security implications, and the upcoming vote in Congress;

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Professor of PRactice in SGIS and the Maurer School of Law, who will address the deal in the context of the broader Middle East region;

Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Dean of SGIS, who served on the negotiating teams of a number of nonproliferation and arms control agreements, who will moderate the panel.


The U.S. White House's view on the Iran deal can be found here:
The full text of the Iran deal can be read here: