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Event cosponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

In the Aftermath of the Nuclear Deal

Nuclear Deal with Iran - Panel Discussion

The Middle East, Iran, the U.S. and Israel

October 1, 2015

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Introduction

Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics, Brandeis University; and David EllensonActing Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University


Panel 1: Iran and the Region 

Moderator: David Ellenson, Acting Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research, Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Modern Middle East History, Brandeis University


Amir Hossein Mahdavi, Graduate Research Assistant, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

Abdel Monem Said Aly, Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Cairo); Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

Q&A with audience


Panel 2: The U.S. and Israel

Moderator: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Efraim Inbar, Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University; Israel Institute Visiting Professor, Boston University

Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Professor of Politics, Brandeis University

Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard University

Q&A with audience


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (the BESA Center). Inbar’s area of specialization is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security. He has written over 80 articles in professional journals and edited volumes. He has authored five books: Outcast Countries in the World Community (1985), War and Peace in Israeli Politics. Labor Party Positions on National Security (1991), Rabin and Israel’s National Security (1999), The Israeli-Turkish Entente (2001), and Israel's National Security: Issues and Challenges since the Yom Kippur War (2008). He has also edited twelve collections of articles. In 2015-2016 he is Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Boston University. More...

Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and member of the advisory board for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  He served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea. As WMD Coordinator, he served as the principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and WMD terrorism, and coordinated United States government activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent proliferation and WMD terrorism and promote international arms control efforts. More...

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