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Dean Vali Nasr cordially invites you to join the Rethinking Iran series

Maximum Pressure: Iran in the Age of Trump


with

Dina Esfandiary

International Security Program Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

and

Ali Vaez '11

Director of Iran Program, International Crisiis Group


moderated by

Narges Bajoghi

Middle East Studies Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS


SAIS Professor Narges Bajoghli will moderate a conversation between Ali Vaez, SAIS alumni and Director of the Iran Program at International Crisis Group, and Dina Esfandiary, an ISP Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, regarding the current geopolitical situation concerning Iran in light of the Trump administration’s “Maximum Pressure” campaign. The discussion will feature reflections on the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA), the prospects of current international initiatives and future negotiations, as well as the risks of further escalation between Iran and the US.


Lunch to be provided.


Dina Esfandiary is an International Security Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Fellow in the Middle East department of The Century Foundation (TCF) and an Adjunct Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Middle East Program. Prior to this, she worked at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) in the War Studies Department at King’s College London from February 2015, and in the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from October 2009. Her research focuses on Persian Gulf security, Iran’s foreign relations, and relations between states and non-proliferation in the Middle East. Dina has published widely, including in Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, The Guardian, the Washington Post, International Affairs, the National Interest, Arms Control Today, and The Washington Quarterly. Dina is the co-author of Triple-Axis: Iran’s Relations with Russia and China (I.B Taurus, 2018), and Living on the Edge: Iran and the Practice of Nuclear Hedging (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is completing her PhD in the War Studies department at King’s College London and she holds Masters Degrees from Kings College London and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.


Ali Vaez is Crisis Group's Iran Project Director. Consulting closely with all sides in the nuclear negotiations for the past few years as our former Iran Senior Analyst, he led Crisis Group’s efforts in helping to bridge the gaps between Iran and the P5+1 and is renowned as one of the foremost experts on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Before joining Crisis Group, he headed the Iran project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, DC. Trained as a scientist, Vaez has more than a decade of experience in journalism. He has written widely on Iranian affairs and is a regular contributor to mainstream media outlets. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2008 to 2010 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.






Rethinking Iran is a new, year-long series of events exploring the cultural, societal, and political consequences of the 1979 Revolution. The initiative will present an in-depth view of modern Iranian culture and society by offering insights from artists, journalists, academics, and other subject-matter experts alongside hot-button geopolitical issues. The series is directed by Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli and Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila N. Chaudhary and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean and The Big Picture of the Foreign Policy Institute.



This event is open to the public and on the record.

For disability accommodations, please contact event organizer at saisevents@jhu.edu. or 202-999-3332.

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