With the North Korea nuclear crisis looming in the background, the world watches as the Trump administration determines how the U.S. will manage its relationship with Iran. Is the Trump administration correctly critical of the previous administration's Iran Deal, or will dissolving the deal become a significant setback in the progress made toward nuclear nonproliferation?
Hear experts from both sides of the issue with YPFP in partnership with TRENDS Research & Advisory as they offer competing perspectives on the future of American policy towards Tehran.
A reception with refreshments will follow the discussion.
When: November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: National Press Club, Fourth Estate
Natalie Fuchs* works as a Senior Program Analyst for a defense contractor in the space and missile defense sector. Prior to this, she served as a researcher on Iran sanctions and geopolitical relations for several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and as a foreign affairs intern in a senatorial office on Capitol Hill. In addition to her current position, Fuchs is a contributing editor for Space Watch Middle East, where she covers developments in Iran’s space program. Fuchs is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Security Studies at Georgetown University, and is a fellow with the American Security Project’s Women in Security Leadership Initiative, where she focuses her research on U.S.-Iran relations and space policy. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Persian (Farsi).
Russ Read* is a politics and national security journalist and analyst. His work focusing on Middle Eastern security, cybersecurity and irregular warfare has been featured in numerous national and international publications. Read previously worked as a a deputy director for a Middle East-focused think tank where he specialized in the Iran nuclear negotiations. He has also consulted for the U.S. military. Read is the former editor-in-chief of YPFP's Charged Affairs journal and the founder of ParabellumReport.com, an analysis publication on international security and global political economics. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from Boston University and B.A. in criminal justice from High Point University.
Dr. Richard Burchill is the Director of Research and Engagement at TRENDS. Previously he was a member of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation and Reader in the Law School at the University of Hull. He has been an expert speaker on issues of international law, human rights and counter-terrorism for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the George C. Marshall Centre for Security Studies.
Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield is Chairman of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan security think tank in Washington, D.C. He previously was a Presidential Special Envoy, from 2008 – 2009, leading U.S. efforts to protect international aviation from shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ambassador Bloomfield served as the assistant secretary of state for political military affairs from 2001 to 2005. He was also the president’s special representative on the landmine issue and led the U.S. government’s international outreach on critical infrastructure protection, including cybersecurity.
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* The views and opinions expressed by these panelists are strictly personal, and do not reflect the views and opinions of their affiliated organizations or employers.
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