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Historic Iran Nuclear Arms Deal: Pros and Cons

Guest Speaker:

Ahmad Sadri, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College.  

Dr. Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Sociology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, The Historic Iran Nuclear Arms Deal: Pros and Cons.  The historic nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) between Iran and the five nations of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), was without doubt the crowning foreign policy achievement ofPresident Obama's term in office.  This session will explore its provenance and its fate under the new Trump administration.  What are legitimate concerns and possible hopes for the future of this controversial treaty over the next four years? 

Dr. Sadri received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.  He is the author and editor of numerous books including Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals and Reason Freedom and Democracy in Islam, as well as more than one hundred articles.  He wrote a column for Daily Star of Lebanon, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio.   In recent years Sadri wrote a weekly column for Etemad-e Melli, and Irandokht, reformist newspapers in Iran that have since been closed down.   His most recent translation of the Epic of the Persian Kings has sold 15,000 copies and has been turned into a shadow play.