UI Martin Institute Presents “Iran and the United States”

Wednesday, October 2 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – Focusing on the contentious relationship between the U.S. and Iran, the University of Idaho Martin Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow.

The forum will feature Abbas Milani, professor and director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Iranian Studies at Stanford University.

Milani’s talk, "Iran and the United States," will discuss the tumultuous struggle between the U.S. and Iran since the 1979 Iranian revolution, opportunities for a dialogue, and implications for wider regional stability.

"We haven’t had any high level relations with Iran since 1979, and there is a good chance that things might be moving towards a possible dialogue between the two countries," said Kodjotse "Ro" Afatchao, associate director of the Martin Institute and the Program in International Studies. "Professor Milani will focus his presentation on the issues of the Iranian nuclear program and nuclear proliferation, support for Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, economic sanctions and their effects on the Iranian economy, and the prospect for renewing relations with the U.S."

Milani also is one of the founding co-directors of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His expertise includes U.S.-Iran relations, as well as Iranian cultural, political and security issues.

Until 1986, he taught at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, where he also served as a member of the board of directors of the university’s Center for International Relations. After moving to the U.S., he spent the following 14 years as the chair of the political science department at the Notre Dame de Namur University. He spent eight years as a research fellow in University of California, Berkeley’s Middle East Center.

The forum is co-sponsored by the University of Idaho Martin Institute and the Program in International Studies, and the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University.

Martin Forums on international topics are part of the educational and outreach missions of the Martin Institute. The institute was founded to advance research and teach about the causes of conflict and peaceful resolution. For additional information, visit www.uidaho.edu/class/internationalstudies.
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About the Martin Institute
Founded by Boyd and Grace Martin, the Institute is a teaching, research and outreach center that examines the causes of conflict and the conditions necessary for peace. The Institute administers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in International Studies including offering courses, speakers, and sponsors a lecture and discussion series on international topics.”

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