After the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the United States and Iran almost went to war. While both sides have temporarily de-escalated, Washington and Tehran remain on a collision course and the likelihood of a military confrontation remains extremely high. This moderated luncheon conversation between Dr. Nader Hashemi (Korbel School at the University of Denver) and Dr. Emile Nakhleh will examine the crisis in US-Iran relations during the Trump Administration. How did we get here and how can “the problem of Iran” be resolved in a way that meets the national security demands of the United States while also accommodating the political aspirations of the Iranian people? Join us for a fascinating discussion of “The Problem of Iran: Rethinking US Middle East Policy.”
WHEN: Thursday, February 13th. 11:30-1:30pm.
WHERE: Santa Fe Woman’s Club. 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
TICKETS: $30 for CIR members, $55 for a couple. $37 for nonmembers. Buffet lunch catered by Cleopatra Cafe (featuring chicken and vegetarian dishes) will be served at 11:45. Tickets available here.
Dr. Nader Hashemi is returning for a second time to the CIR stage. He is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and previously was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Global Institute. His intellectual and research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and political theory, in particular debates on religion and democracy, secularism and its discontents, Middle East and Islamic politics, democratic and human rights struggles in non-Western societies and Islam-West relations. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2011), The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013) and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is frequently interviewed by PBS, NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio and the BBC and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), CNN.com among other media outlets.
Dr. Emile Nakhleh is a former Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the “Arab Spring” in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief. Pictured at right speaking in Santa Fe at Journalism under Fire, November 14, 2019.