Duke Panel Presents Insider View of Iran Nuclear Deal

Nasser Hadian, a prominent professor of political science at the University of Tehran, will headline the lunchtime talk.

Nasser Hadian, a prominent professor of political science at the University of Tehran, will headline a lunchtime talk -- “The Iran Nuclear Deal: What’s at Stake” -- at Duke University Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Hadian will offer the Iranian perspective on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the evolving Iran-U.S. relationship, and Iran’s geopolitical role in the region in the aftermath of the agreement.

Mark Emamian, a senior research engineer in the Duke Physics Department at the Free Electron Laser Lab, will give a brief history of the Iran nuclear program from a technical perspective. The talk will be moderated by political science and public policy professor Peter Feaver, director of the American Grand Strategy Program at Duke.

“The nuclear deal with Iran presents the most exciting prospect for a substantial transformation of relations between Iran and the United States in the last 35 years,” said Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). “The Iran of today is no longer the Iran of 1978-1979, and the United States is no longer the unrivaled military empire in the world. Beyond the realm of ideological shouting, both countries have come to realize the substantial need for mutually beneficial relationships.”

Hadian’s visit presents the Duke and Durham community with a rare opportunity to hear about the inner dynamics of this deal from an insider point of view, Safi added.

The American Grand Strategy Program, DISC, ISLAMiCommentary, Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke physics department are co-sponsoring the talk.

The talk will be from to noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 223 of the Sanford School (Rhodes Conference Room). It is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid parking is available in the Science Drive and Bryan Center parking lots.

The event will also be livestreamed at the DukeSanford YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RcfWM4tka8.