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Back to (Merely) Bad: The Future of U.S. Policy Towards Iran

October 30, 2019

The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Over the last few months, the imposition of sanctions, maritime and drone incidents, and escalating rhetoric between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have led onlookers to fear a possible conflict in the Middle East. Beyond these recent events, the U.S.-Iran relationship is a complicated one with a vast history that merits deeper understanding. The Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action) also warrants attention when considering the future of relations between the U.S. and Iran, as well as Iran and other Western nations. Lastly, the use, and misuse, of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran adds a level of complication to the already fragile relationship. Join us on October 30 as Jarrett Blanc, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, addresses these issues and options to break the negative cycle between the United States and Iran. What options are there for de-escalation of the current crisis? What would a return to diplomacy look like? How do all of these factors effect U.S. national security priorities?

Jarrett Blanc is a senior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Prior to joining Carnegie, he was the deputy lead coordinator and State Department coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation at the U.S. Department of State under President Obama. In this role, he was responsible for the full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program. This included United States and Iranian commitments to sanctions.


5:30 PM Reception

6:00 PM Program begins

6:45 PM Q&A

7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission: Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students $5

Location: The Union Club, Wedgwood Room. 1211 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Registration: This event is SOLD OUT. 


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