VIDEO: The Outlook for Economic Sanctions in the Next Year: Focus on Iran

Monday December 7, 2015, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.
1330 Connecticut Ave NW. Suite 700
Washington, D.C.

Speaker: David Mortlock, Former Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council  

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As part of the ongoing 2015-2016 Iran Policy Forum, the American-Iranian Council and Steptoe & Johnson, LLP are pleased to present an outstanding legal and policy mind to explore the outlook for the Iran sanctions in a post nuclear agreement environment. David Mortlock will be rejoining the private sector after an outstanding six year career at the State Department and the White House, where he has been involved in a range of international economic and legal issues. In his remarks, Mr. Mortlock will highlight the ways in which the nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran (known as the JCPOA) is likely to impact U.S. sanctions on the country in the year ahead, and the ways in which other major economies (namely European and Asian powers) are likely to be impacted in their trade and investment relations with Iran. The event will be on the record.

David Mortlock

David Mortlock was director for international economic affairs at the National Security Council at the White House from October 2013 to November 2015. In this role he has been responsible for coordinating U.S. Government work on economic sanctions, anti-corruption, and other illicit finance issues. Prior to this position, Mr. Mortlock served as the Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the U.S. Department of State, which he joined in 2009. During his four-year tenure at the State Department as an attorney and adviser on international financial and legal issues, he has worked on a range of complex and salient matters. Prior to his government work he was an attorney in private practice with the the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He served as a Law Clerk with the Hon. Martha Craig Daugherty of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Mortlock holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Part of the AIC-Steptoe & Johnson, 2015-2016 Iran Policy Forum


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.