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Distinguished Speakers - The Case of Iran

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Since 1955 the Indiana Council of World Affairs’s Distinguished Speaker Series has brought some of the world’s best minds to Indianapolis for a dinner presentation to discuss international topics of interest. Our events are open to anyone with an interest in international topics - ICWA members and non-members.

Event date: Thursday, September 19

Speaker: Mehdi Noorbaksh, Professor of International Affairs and Business at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Topic: US foreign-policy in the Middle East: the case of Iran

Overview:

The Iranian Revolution was a classic revolution carried out by the middle class, educated women and men and part of the cleric in 1979. The revolution was later radicalized and could not live up to its promise of freedom, democracy and social justice. With the escalation of tension between Iran and the United States, there is the prospect of war between the two countries. War in the Middle East can easily be ignited but it cannot be ended easily. It will involve many parties and can have a devastating impact on the stability and security of the region.

Speaker bio highlights:

Dr. Noorbaksh is currently a Professor of International Affairs and Business at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and teaching in the areas of international relations, management and global management and global health.

Dr. Noorbaksh earned his Ph.D. in government and International Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University as a Fellow for his Post-Doctoral studies and Research Scholarship in 1996.

He was a member of Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee, and currently is the Vice President and a board member of the World Affairs Council in Harrisburg.

Dr. Noorbaksh’s most recent academic achievements include receiving his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) in 2006 from the University of Houston. Previous to these degrees, Dr. Noorbaksh earned his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in 1979 and M.A. in political science from the University of Houston in 1986.



We hope you can join us for this engaging event.

  • 5:30 - Reception

  • 6:15 - Dinner

  • 7:00 - Talk

Please make dinner reservations by Sunday, September 15 to allow the kitchen to prepare meals.

ICWA Membership has its privileges. Members receive discounts on tickets. Guests of members receive member pricing when tickets are purchased together (when ordered in the same order, 1 time per season).

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More about Iran:

The Iranian Revolution was a classic revolution carried out by the middle class, educated women and men and part of the cleric in 1979. The revolution was later radicalized and could not live up to its promise of freedom, democracy and social justice. The hostage taking in Iran in 1979 and the Iraq war in 1980 further radicalized the revolution. The American invasion of Iraq in 2003, divided the fragile tribal society of Iraq and alienated the Sunnis in that country. Iran as a Shite country took advantage of the vacuum created in this country.

Revolutionary Guard (Sepah Pasdaran) has gradually penetrated the politics and economy of Iran under the leadership of Khamenei. The nuclear program of Iran became a new source of tension between Iran and the West under the presidency of Ahmadinejad (2005-2013). The Iranian reformers push for the election of Ruhani in 2013 with the mandate to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program with the West. The group of 5+1 industrialized countries under the leadership of the United States under Obama reached an agreement (JCPOA) with Iran in 2015.

In May 8, 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from JCPOA and with the new imposed US sanctions on Iran, the tension between Iran and the United States escalated one more time. Iran is capable to build nuclear bomb but from early on claimed that Tehran does not have any intention to build nuclear armament. With the escalation of tension between Iran and the United States, there is the prospect of war between the two countries. War in the Middle East can easily be ignited but it cannot be ended easily. It will involve many parties and can have a devastating impact on the stability and security of the region.

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