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Jan. 22, 2020

Media Advisory: UArizona Hosts Event on U.S.-Iran Relations

  • What: "Frenemies: U.S.‐Iran Relations over the Years"
  • When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Harvill Building, Room 150, 1103 E. Second St.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies are co-sponsoring a public forum on Iran on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Anne Betteridge, director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, will introduce the speakers and moderate the event. The featured speakers and topics include:

  • Richard Eaton, professor in the Department of History, will give the historical background of the situation, including the 1953 coup and the 1979 revolution.
  • Faten Ghosn, associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, will discuss demonizing of adversaries, political images and international law.
  • David Dunford, former U.S. Ambassador to Oman and Center for Middle Eastern Studies associate, will focus on the role of U.S. policy and its impact on Middle Eastern regional players and inter-regional relations.
  • Kamran Talattof, professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, will focus on the complexity of Iranian perspectives about the current situation, as well as English-language news sources.

Media contact:
Julie Ellison-Speight
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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