EVENT: Countering ISIS and Islamist Extremism— A Conversation with Ambassador Dennis Ross

The attacks in Paris and Beirut have dominated headlines and prompted many to search for answers to key questions. How can we counter ISIS and Islamist extremism? What are the roots and causes that led to the rise of the so-called Islamic State? To what extent is this organization Islamic? What should the United States do about it?

To help elucidate these complex issues, the American Iranian Council and Marymount Manhattan College have organized an event featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross, moderated by Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi.

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Thursday December 10th, 6-8pm
Marymount Manhattan College
Regina Peruggi Room
221 East 71 Street
New York, NY 10021


Kayvon Afshari

Kayvon Afshari managed the campaign to elect Hooshang Amirahmadi as President of Iran. In this role, he directed the campaign’s event planning, publicity, online social media, web analytics, and delivered speeches. Mr. Afshari has also been working at the CBS News foreign desk for over five years. He has coordinated coverage of Iran’s 2009 post-election demonstrations, the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Haiti, and many other stories of international significance. He holds a Master in International Relations from New York University’s Department of Politics, and graduated with distinction from McGill University in 2007 with a double major in political science and Middle Eastern studies. At NYU, his research focused on quantitative analysis and the Middle East with an emphasis on US-Iran relations. In his 2012 Master’s thesis, he devised a formula to predict whether Israel would launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, concluding that an overt strike would not materialize.