Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:15 pm Reception
6:00 pm Speaker
Location: The Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston
Topic: The Iran Nuclear Deal: How it Happened, Where is it Headed, and What does it mean for U.S. – Iran Relations?
Speaker: Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of the just-published book, Losing an Enemy – Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017). One of the nation’s top experts on Iran, Trita Parsi has addressed many World Affairs Councils around the nation. He is founder of the National Iranian American Council, the author of numerous publications on U.S. and Iranian foreign policy, a frequent media commentator, and was recently adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he received his Ph.D. Born in Iran, raised in Sweden, Trita Parsi is a graduate of Uppsala University, the Stockholm University School of Business, and a U.S. resident for many years. He has been a scholar at the Middle East Institute and Wilson Center in Washington.
Description: One of the Obama Administration’s key foreign policy achievements, the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal ended U.S. and other countries’ sanctions on Iran, which had crippled the Iranian economy, in return for dismantling Iran’s nuclear program (believed to be focused on developing nuclear weapons) for 15 years along with stringent international inspections. President Trump and others have been highly critical of the deal, believing it freed Iran to expand its export of terrorism and play a destabilizing role in the Middle East. It is not clear if the President will officially withdraw U.S. support of the Nuclear Deal.
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–Submitted by Barbara Burgess