Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon - Negotiating with Tehran: Historic Achievement or Historic Mistake?

  • December 06, 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh
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  • World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Members

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The recent deal over Iran’s nuclear program created an enormous buzz throughout the international community. The already controversial debate has ratcheted up to new levels of intensity after U.S. President Barack Obama announced on the evening of Saturday, November 23, that a temporary, six-month-long deal has been struck between Iran and the international coalition of negotiators. Broadly speaking, Iran agreed to halt development of its nuclear program and take measures to dilute its stock of weaponized uranium in order to receive some relief on international sanctions that have been crippling to its economy.

The response to these developments is mixed. Some experts speculate this deal buys time for Iran to build a nuclear weapon. Others believe this is the first time real progress has been made between the West and Iran in decades. The spectrum of opinions will undoubtedly multiply as the world watches in eager anticipation to what could potentially be undefined according to President Obama undefined “a new path toward a world that is more secure.”

Will diplomacy work? Can a long standing deal between the West and Iran sustain itself and not break under the geopolitical pressures? Join the Council and two veteran Iran experts as we examine the challenges and opportunities surrounding these negotiations.

Reza Marashi recently returned from Geneva, Switzerland, the location of the most recent P5 + 1 talks. He joined the National Iranian American Council in 2010. Previously, he worked in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. State Department. He also was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies monitoring China-Middle East issues. Mr. Marashi also served as a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. He has published in the New York Times, National Interest, Atlantic, and Foreign Policy. He has been a guest contributor to the BBC, CNN, NPR, ABC News, TIME Magazine, and Financial Times.

Ahmad Rajidyar is a Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He studies political and security affairs in South Asia and the Middle East, with a special focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. He also travels frequently to military bases across the U.S. to instruct senior American Army and Marine officers about culture, religion, and domestic politics in Afghanistan, and about terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before joining AEI in 2008, Mr. Majidyar worked as a media analyst with BBCMonitoring in Kabul, and served as an aid worker with the United Nations agency for refugees in Pakistan.

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Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea Solomon at 412-281-7970.

 
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