Iran and the International Community

Vienna talks between the P5+1 and Iran over its nuclear program have gained ground this past year, but have been overshadowed by events in the Middle East and elsewhere.  The panelists will address the negotiations to date and offer perspectives on Iran and the challenges for the way forward, particularly in reintegrating Iran into the international community.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Gale Mattox, Director of the AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program.

Panelists Include:

Dr. Cornelius Adebahr is an associate in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, and a former visiting fellow at AICGS. He analyzes and advises on European foreign policy, in particular the European Union’s role in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. From 2011 to 2013, he lived in Tehran, working for the EU Presidency and teaching at Tehran University.

Dr. Vali Nasr is Dean of SAIS and Professor of International Relations. He is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser, and commentator on international relations whose most recent book, “The Dispensable Nation,” deals with implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. He has also written “Forces of Fortune” and “The Shia Revival” that examine the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings known as the Arab Spring, and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events.

Dr. Kenneth M. Pollack is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert on Middle Eastern political-military affairs, with particular emphasis on Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the other nations of the Persian Gulf region. He served as the director of the Center for Middle East Policy from 2009 to 2012, and its director of research from 2002 to 2009. His most recent book is “Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy.” Dr. Pollack was also a Persian gulf military analyst at the CIA and a Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the NSC.

The moderator for this event is Dr. Gale A. Mattox, Director of the Foreign and Domestic Policy Program at AICGS and Professor and former chair, Political Science Department, U.S. Naval Academy. She was a Distinguished Fulbright-Dow Research Chair, Roosevelt Center, Netherlands and Chair, International Security and Arms Control Section, APSA as well as Vice President, International Studies Association. Dr. Mattox served on the Policy Planning Staff, Department of State (Non-proliferation) and Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, DOS Office of Strategic and Theater Nuclear Policy.

Relevant articles:
“Germany’s Defensive Defense: Minister von der Leyen’s First Trip to Washington” by Dr. Jackson Janes
“German-American Relations in Trouble? A Conversation with MdB Niels Annen” an At Issue Interview
“Open for Business?: Why Western Business Eyeing Iran is a Good Thing” by Dr. Cornelius Adebahr

Please register for this event and contact Ms. Kimberly Frank with any questions at

September 15, 2014