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A Conversation about Iran with Lee Hamilton

Thu, Oct 17, 5:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

A Conversation about Iran with Lee Hamilton

Bloomington, IN. -- Former Congressman Lee Hamilton will discuss the prospect for diplomacy with Iran in a program at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium on Thursday, October 17th at 5:30 p.m.   There will be ample time for questions from the audience.

With the U.S. – Russian agreement on Syrian chemical weapons and with the accession of Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, the Obama Administration plans to explore a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis.  Has Iran made an irreversible decision to build a nuclear weapon, or is its nuclear program within the terms of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?  What safeguards should it provide to assure the world that its nuclear program is peaceful?  Is President Rouhani “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” (as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charges) or does he represent real political change within Iran?  Has the West contributed to tensions with Iran?  Should harsh sanctions be lifted as part of a nuclear deal?  What other issues with Iran might be part of negotiations?  What would be the risks involved in a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran?  What should be done to curb nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in the Middle East and the world?

Lee H. Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. From 1965 to 1999 he served Indiana in the U.S. House, where his chairmanships included the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. He is one of the prominent endorsers of reports by the Iran Project warning of the unintended consequences of attacking Iran and advocating a diplomatic approach.

The program, which is sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Bloomington Branch, and the Just Peace Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, is free and open to the public.  

For further information, please contact:

The Center on Congress

Indiana University