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Columbia World Affairs Council | The Risk of War with Iran

March 13

Award-winning author and a leading expert on US-Iran relations, Trita Parsi will give a talk on the secret diplomacy that led to the nuclear deal and the risk of the US and Iran going to war as the deal is now hanging by a thread. Parsi advised the Obama administration on the nuclear talks and had unique access to both Iranian and American diplomats.
His latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (2017, Yale University Press), examines the backstory of the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran, and is considered the "the fullest treatment of the negotiations, especially under Obama, that we are likely to get for a considerable length of time."
Parsi is also known for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, which won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award and the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
A book signing will follow the luncheon. For more information, contact   

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | $20 students

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