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Portland State of Mind: Opening Reception for Distinguished Lecture Series - Dr. Asaadi - "The Compliance Dilemma in Iran-U.S. relations: When 'Trust, but Verify' Falters"
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:00pm
Portland State of Mind: Opening Reception for Distinguished Lecture Series - Dr. Asaadi - "The Compliance Dilemma in Iran-U.S. relations: When 'Trust, but Verify' Falters"

What: Opening Reception for Distinguished Lecture Series - Dr. Asaadi - "The Compliance Dilemma in Iran-U.S. relations: When 'Trust, but Verify' Falters"

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Urban Center Building (URBN) Parsons Gallery, room 212, 506 SW Mill St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Corinne Hughes, cohughes@pdx.edu, 503-725-4074

This year’s theme for the Middle East Studies Center Distinguished Lecture Series is “Middle East Studies: Then & Now.” We will focus on a different region throughout the year. For October, we highlight Iranian culture and Persian language on campus, in the community, and globally. Join us for a coffee social + lecture!

5:30-6:30pm Coffee Social & Opening Remarks:

Iranian Culture Boxes will be provided by WorldOregon, offering hands-on authentic Iranian artifacts, including clothing, carpet-weaving, books, music, art, toys, and games.

The Andisheh Center will join us to introduce the Center’s mission and activities over the past 20+ years here in Portland, including the founding of the annual Persian Festival.

Associate Professor of Persian and Coordinator of the Persian Program at PSU, Dr. Anousha Sedighi, will highlight the Persian Language program. MESC Director, Dr. Lindsay Benstead, will provide a history of MESC, where we are now, and where we are going.

6:30-8:00pm Main Lecture:

In July 2015, forty-seven years and two weeks after it initially signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran reached an agreement with the P5+1 on the future status of its nuclear program. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, aimed to reaffirm the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program by establishing specific technical benchmarks and a monitoring and verification process to be carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In return for compliance with the parameters outlined in the plan, Iran would receive relief from UN Security Council and other national sanctions related to its nuclear program. Since the JCPOA was implemented in January 2016, following UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (July 2015), the IAEA has affirmed Iran’s compliance on thirteen separate occasions, most recently in their report of August 30, 2018. Despite this formal record of compliance, in a speech from the White House on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the deal. In this talk, Dr. Asaadi will explore the reasons why Iran-U.S. cooperation on this issue has proven so difficult to sustain, and outline how a closer look at the concept of compliance and its contested meanings can shed light on this case.

Dr. Robert Asaadi is a professor in the International Studies and Political Science departments here at PSU. This year, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Dr. Asaadi holds a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Dr. Asaadi’s research works towards Critical Iranian Studies, grappling with issues such as global politics, systematic theory of continuity and change, and Postcolonialism.

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This event is hosted by PSU's Middle East Studies Center