"Iran's Grand Strategy for the Future"

The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

 

PAUL J. SULLIVAN, PH.D.

 

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, 

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF SECURITY STUDIES, 

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

 

May 7, 2015

 

Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE

Members: Free of Charge

 Guest of a Member: $20.00 Non-Member: $25.00

A possible nuclear agreement with Iran on the one hand, and the evolving balance of power in the Middle East on the other, are tightly bound together.  A ten-year period with a nuclear-free Iran hopefully would allow diplomacy the possibility of developing cordial U.S.-Iranian relations and an amicable long-term accommodation.  However, it also includes the possibility of Iran expanding vigorously and becoming the regional hegemon.  The variables within a calculus of evolution of the Middle East are seemingly endless as various nations and entities work for their self-interests.  However, perhaps the single most important variable is the strategic ambition of Iran.

 

As we try to grasp this complex and subtle reality, we are fortunate to be joined by a shrewd observer of global affairs, an authority on economic and security matters, and a scholar seasoned in the world of the Middle East, Professor Paul J. Sullivan of the National Defense University and Georgetown University.

 

Professor Sullivan is a graduate of Brandeis University (Phi Beta Kappa); has received an M.A. and Ph.D. (with highest honors) in Economics from Yale University; and a certificate in International Relations from M.I.T.

 

His career has centered on energy issues, but has included serious attention to security issues, U.S.-Arab and U.S.-Islamic relations, specific matters such as the “pivot”, and United States foreign policy in general.

 

He has extensively traveled professionally, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, has been a columnist and commentator in publications there, published on five continents, appeared on the media throughout the Middle East, and taught at the American University in Cairo.

 

It certainly is fair to say that he knows the Middle East, including Iran specifically, which should result in a most interesting and informative evening.

 

It is a great pleasure to welcome Professor Paul J. Sullivan to the Council.