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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Patrick Clawson, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Director of Research,

Director of the Iran Security Initiative

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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


Members: Free of Charge  Guests: $10.00   Non-Member: $25.00

"Are We Making Progress with Iran?"

The nuclear agreements with Iran are a signature accomplishment of the Obama foreign policy.  Supporters believe that Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons has been not only delayed, but probably averted; and that a great project has begun transforming Iran’s foreign policy—which has been marked by imperialism seeking regional hegemony, sponsorship of global terrorism, threats to Israel, and anti-Americanism.  However, critics argue that an effective embargo has been ended and that a regional imperialist, global terrorist, and American enemy has been unleashed.  Moreover, there are concerns about the deal’s possible consequences, such as regional nuclear proliferation.  The Iran deal debate will remain intense until its outcomes crystalize.


We have a serious opportunity to deepen our understanding of one of the most important issues confronting our nation as we are joined by Patrick Clawson who is one of the nation’s most careful students of the Iran deal.  In addition to his positions at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, he is on the Board of Editors of The Middle East Quarterly.


Dr. Clawson is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of more than 150 articles about the Middle East and international economics, and is the author or editor of 18 books or studies on Iran.  He is widely sought as a commentator, has opined in the nation’s major newspapers, and has testified before Congress often.


Prior to joining the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Clawson was a senior research professor at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and a research scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Patrick Clawson to the Council. 

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