There has been a speaker change and new sponsors for the conference which are reflected below:
Iran-Israel-U.S.: Resolving the Nuclear Impasse
♦ Reza Firouzbakht, national board chair, National Iranian American Council
♦ Dr. Ian Lustick, political science professor, University of Pennsylvania
♦ Dr. Keith Weissman, former director of Aipac’s Iran desk
♦ Moderator: Dr. Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington
December 16th at 7 PM
Town Hall, Seattle
Information: 206.632.0662 x 30
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
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Stroum Jewish Studies Program, University of Washington*
Middle East Center, UW Jackson School of International Studies*
American Friends Service Committee
Peace Action of Washington
American Muslims of Puget Sound
Jewish Voice for Peace
Kadima Reconstructionist Community
Network Promoting Peace with Iran
United Nations Association of Greater Seattle
* Co-sponsorship of this program by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program and the Middle East Center does not represent an endorsement of the content of the event
This community conference sponsored by local Jewish community groups and peace organizations will explore ways of resolving the Iranian nuclear crisis through negotiation, rather than force. Congress recently passed a draconian sanctions bill directed against Iran. Neocons in the U.S. and Israel suggest that if sanctions do not work eventually military force may be the only way to end or delay Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Many in the progressive community are deeply concerned that the U.S. and/or Israel may soon repeat interventionist mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan. This conference will present a comprehensive approach that could resolve major difference through diplomacy and open a new era in relations between these three current enemies. It will also discuss the best means of supporting the Iran reform movement in its efforts to encourage a government based on democracy and tolerance.
Among the issues to be discussed:
♦ What is the best way to approach the issue of Iran’s nuclear program that will secure a positive outcome for those nations opposed to it?
♦ What impact might “crippling sanctions” have on Iran and the overall conflict? Will they work?
♦ What repercussions might there be from an Israeli military attack on Iran and would such an attack attain its objectives?
♦ If a military attack is a bad idea, how do we work to prevent it?
♦ How should the west further the goals of the Iran reform movement?
♦ Voices within the Israeli military, intelligence and academic communities that embrace a more pragmatic approach
* Sponsorship by the UW’s Stroum Jewish Studies Program and Middle East Center of this program does not constitute an endorsement of the program’s content