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Noted sanctions expert from Columbia University to discuss "Eye on Iran" in Grand Rapids

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Panel discussion featuring GVSU professors will focus on current foreign policy issues in the Middle East
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The event will be held Tuesday, October 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m, at the Upper Donnelly Center on the campus of Aquinas College. For a campus map click here. No reservations are needed, free parking available, pay at door. Cost is $10 for World Affairs Council members and $15 for non-members. Non-members may sign up for a free e-mail membership in the Council on the day of and receive member pricing.

During the first Presidential Debate on September 26, the widely discussed Iran Nuclear Deal was brought up and received negative criticism from Presidential candidate Donald Trump, as he stated it was “one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history.” As citizens, we often ask ourselves if we have accurate and credible information on oftentimes complex foreign policy issues. How do we know if the Nuclear Deal made with Iran is one of the “worst deals” in history, or not? How do we receive balanced unbiased information on issues such as these? 

On Tuesday, October 25, Richard Nephew, Program Director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University (NYC) and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will be making a visit to Western Michigan to help balance fact versus fiction on some very important and current foreign policy issues in the Middle East, such as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Nephew, a lead sanctions expert, will participate in a panel discussion: “Eye on Iran: Assessing the Nuclear Deal; Saudi Arabian Conflict; and U.S. Relations,” an evening program hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and The Iran Project.

Last week, Richard Nephew was able to join The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin for an interview in which he debunked a lot of the misinformation on U.S. Relations with Iran, and he gave some insightful thoughts on the Iran Nuclear Deal. Listen to the interview here.

The “Eye on Iran” event on Tuesday, October 25 is open to the public. For more information on how to attend this event at Aquinas College, click here.

About the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
The World Affairs Council, a non-advocacy non-profit, serves to educate people of Western Michigan on matters of foreign policy and international interest. They aim to help business leaders and their employees and the people in the community gain a better understanding of world cultures, commerce and foreign policy through their resources and programs. Their vision is to be the primary resource in Michigan empowering people and organizations to engage thoughtfully with the world. Find out more about the organization here:

About the World Affairs Councils of America
The World Affairs Councils of America is the largest nonpartisan, non-profit grassroots organization in the United States. They are dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on global issues with nearly 100 councils across 40 states reaching more than half a million people a year.
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About the Iran Project
For nearly a decade, The Iran Project’s methodology has aimed to reduce misunderstandings between Iran and the U.S. by establishing ongoing informal dialogues with Iranian counterparts, and to inform senior U.S. Government officials and members of Congress on the content of our talks.  The Iran project has three main objectives: to promote an official U.S.-Iran dialogue, to develop a peaceful resolution to the nuclear standoff, and to encourage greater cooperation between the U.S. and Iran for greater regional stability.Find out more about the organization here:

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