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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Rethinking Iran discussion, “Maximum Pressure: Iran in the Age of Trump,” April 29 in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a discussion, “Maximum Pressure: Iran in the Age of Trump,” on April 29. This session is part of Rethinking Iran, a new, year-long initiative which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution with a series of events offering fresh perspectives of the revolution’s cultural, societal, and political consequences.
Narges Bajoghli, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, will moderate the discussion featuring Dina Esfandiary, International Security Program Research Fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and alumnus Ali Vaez (‘11), Director of Iran Program for the International Crisis Group. This discussion will examine the following topics:

  • Risks of further escalation between Iran and the U.S.
  • Impact of the Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Outlook on Iran’s current international initiatives and future negotiations

Time and Date
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting 'Media' at the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Please note: Interviews may only be conducted with speakers after the discussion in Rome Auditorium.
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About the Speakers
Dina Esfandiary is an International Security Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Fellow in the Middle East department of The Century Foundation (TCF) and an Adjunct Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Middle East Program. Prior to this, she worked at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) in the War Studies Department at King’s College London from February 2015, and in the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from October 2009. Her research focuses on Persian Gulf security, Iran’s foreign relations, and relations between states and non-proliferation in the Middle East.
Ali Vaez is Crisis Group's Iran Project Director. Consulting closely with all sides in the nuclear negotiations for the past few years as our former Iran Senior Analyst, he led Crisis Group’s efforts in helping to bridge the gaps between Iran and the P5+1 and is renowned as one of the foremost experts on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.
Narges Bajoghli is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer. Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran. Her forthcoming book, “Anxieties of Power: Sustaining the Revolution in Iran,” will be published by Stanford University Press in September 2019.
About Rethink Iran
Rethinking Iran is a new, year-long series of events exploring the cultural, societal, and political consequences of the 1979 Revolution. The initiative will present an in-depth view of modern Iranian culture and society by offering insights from artists, journalists, academics, and other subject-matter experts alongside hot-button geopolitical issues. The series is directed by Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli and Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila N. Chaudhary and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean and The Big Picture of the Foreign Policy Institute.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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