Middle East expert to speak Wednesday on Iranian politics, religion and the nuclear weapons

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre:

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will kick off the Iran nuclear agreement lecture series at Indiana University Bloomington this Wednesday, Sept 30.

Juan Cole

Juan Cole

After a summer filled with partisan politics and a power struggle over a nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action adoption day is expected in October. Ninety days after approval by the UN Security Council, the agreement will be implemented in early 2016, lifting sanctions on Iran. But its effect on regional and global security concerns and its impact on foreign policy throughout the region remain subject to speculation on both sides of the aisle.

Cole is a frequent commentator on the Middle East and is a regular contributor at Truthdig. He has written widely on Islam, Egypt, the Persian Gulf and parts of South Asia. His latest book, “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East,” was published last year. In addition to his academic and journalistic work within the U.S., Cole lived in the Arab world for almost 10 years and continues to travel extensively within in the region.

“Professor Cole’s lecture is a consideration of the issues from the Iranian perspective from one who knows that perspective well,” said Feisal Istrabadi, founding director of IU’s Center for the Study of the Middle East and professor of practice in the School of Global and International Studies and the Maurer School of Law. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to host one of the country’s true experts on modern Iran.”

Cole’s lecture, titled “The Iran nuclear agreement: Shiite Doctrine, Iranian Politics and Nuclear Weapons,” is free and open to the public, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Maurer School of Law, room 122.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Middle East and The Center on American and Global Security, the four-part fall lecture series continues on Oct. 5, Nov. 5 and Nov. 16.

Upcoming speakers in the series include: F. Gregory Gause III, professor of international affairs at Texas A&M, on regional consequences; Alan Kuperman, professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, on debunking Obama’s claims; and Steven Miller, director of the international security program at Harvard University, on nuclear diplomacy. All the talks will be in the Maurer School of Law, room 122.

Tags: ,