In July 2015, Iran and six global powers reached a landmark nuclear agreement that blocked all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon in exchange for the lifting of the crippling sanctions imposed on Iran. The historic deal generated considerable enthusiasm and optimism that at last Iran and the U.S have opened a new and friendlier chapter in their otherwise antagonistic relationship. Under President Donald J. Trump’s presidency, however, much of that euphoria has quickly dissipated as the U.S. is currently going through a comprehensive review of its strategy toward Iran and the nuclear deal. While President Trump has called for isolating Iran, senior members of his administration have talked about regime change in Tehran. In his lecture, Professor Mohsen Milani explains the reasons for these drastic new changes in U.S.-Iran relations and the future of the nuclear deal and U.S.-Iran relations. Speech in Persian
About the Speaker:
Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida. He served as a department chairman at that University from 1998 to 2012. He has served as a fellow at Harvard, Oxford, and Foscari University (Italy).
Professor Milani has authored more than 60 publications, including many in top peer-reviewed academic journals and popular journals. His book, The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, has been used as required reading in many universities in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Iran. His recent publications include “Iran’s Strategy in the Syrian Civil War” (The Washington Quarterly, Fall 2013), and the following pieces in Foreign Affairs: “What If at First Rouhani Doesn't Succeed,” “Rouhani's Foreign Policy,” “The Ayatollah's Game Plan,” “Meet Me in Baghdad,” “Iran’s US Policy,” and “Iran and Saudi Arabia Square Off.” He has written about Iran’s policy toward Afghanistan (The Middle East Journal), Iran’s policy toward Iraq (a book chapter by the U.S. Institute of Peace) and “The rise and fall -- and possible rise again -- of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,” The Atlantic. Read more about Dr. Milani on his page on the University of South Florida's website.
This event will be started with a short presentation as follows:
Short Presentation: Moms Against Poverty - An Overview of Objectives, Roadmaps and Accomplishments
Speaker: Bita Imani-Safari (Member of the Board of Advisory for Moms Against Poverty organization)
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm)
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and short presentation
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main presentation and Q&A