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Iran in the World

Oct 20 2017, 04:30 pm to Oct 21 2017, 04:45 pm

In 2015 a historic nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the European Union. In the United States, the supporters of the deal hailed it as the most significant foreign policy achievement of President Obama, while its detractors considered it a disaster. Two years have passed and the controversy is still alive. In this two-day conference on Iran's evolving role in the world, a group of prominent international relations experts examine the global and regional impact of the JCPOA. 

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Chapman Center, Chapman Auditorium room 126. 


Friday, Oct. 20 

4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

US - Iran
Presenter: Ali Ansari
Discussant: Trita Parsi 

Russia - Iran
Presenter: Mark Katz
Discussant: Farideh Farhi 

Saturday, Oct. 21 

First Panel 9 a.m. - Noon 

Israel - Iran
Presenter: Trita Parsi
Discussant: Mark Katz 

Syria - Iraq - Iran
Presenter: Ariane Tabatabai
Discussant: Kamran Matin 

European Union - Iran
Presenter: Eldar Mamadov
Discussant: Ali Ansari 

Second Panel: 1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Turkey/Kurds - Iran
Presenter: Kamran Matin
Discussant: Eldar Mamadov

Saudi Arabia - Iran
Presenter: Banafsheh Keynoush
Discussant: Fatemeh Aman

Third Panel : 3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Afghanistan - Iran
Presenter: Fatemeh Aman
Discussant: Ariane Tabatabai 

China - Iran
Presenter: HJ Yoo and Sussan Siavoshi
Discussant: Banafsheh Keynoush


Farideh Farhi is an independent scholar and affiliate graduate faculty of political science at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. She has been a recipient of grants from the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Rockefeller Foundation and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Crisis Group.Farhi writes on Iran's contentious domestic politics and foreign policy. 

Sussan Siavoshi is the Cox Chapman Professor of International Relations at Trinity University. She writes on Iranian politics. Her recent book, Montazeri: The Life and Thought of Iran's Revolutionary Ayatollah was published By Cambridge University Press in 2017



Fatemeh Aman is an expert on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs and has advised the U.S. government and nongovernmental organizations. She has written for numerous publications, including Jane’s Intelligence Review and National Interest. She also contributes to Atlantic Council and Middle East Institute publications, and appears on the media including BBC, VOA, and NPR.

Ali Ansari is a professor of Iranian history at the University of St. Andrews and founding director of its Institute of Iranian Studies. In 2013, he was elected President of the British Institute of Persian Studies. He has written several books on Iranian history and foreign policy, including one on Iran-U.S. relations.


Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. He was a visiting senior fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and will be a Fulbright Scholar at SOAS at the University of London in early 2018. He is the author of several books on Russia and the Middle East.


Banafsheh Keynoush, a geopolitical communications and development consultant, is an adviser to the U.S. private sector in energy and media. She also shared her expertise with the White House from 2010-13. A recent visiting scholar at Princeton University, she has conducted fieldwork in Iran and the Arab world. She is the author of the 2016 book Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?

Eldar Mamedov is a former Latvian diplomat in embassies in Washington, D.C., and Madrid. He is a political adviser for social democrats in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) with a focus on Iran and several countries of the region.


Kamran Matin is an associate professor of international relations at Sussex University in the United Kingdom where he is a member of the steering committee of the Middle East and North Africa Centre. He is the author of Recasting Iranian Modernity: International Relations and Social Change.


Trita Parsi is a recipient of the "Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order," and "Arthur Ross Book Award." His latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, examines the dramatic inside story of the diplomatic effort that paved the way toward the 2015 nuclear agreement Between Iran and the 5+1.


Ariane Tabatabai is a visiting assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has written for Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Haaretz.


H.J. Yoo is an associate professor of international relations at Trinity University. She is a recognized expert in the area of East Asian security. Yoo has written several articles on international relations theories and their application in Asia.