Event: The Nuclear Deal and the Future of US-Iran Relations

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September 28, 2015: 6:45-8:15pm
Marymount Manhattan College
Regina Peruggi Room
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Despite a largely hostile relationship, the United States and Iran reached a negotiated, diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue in July 2015. While many regard this as a major achievement, the US Congress is largely skeptical of the deal.

With many developments related to the nuclear issue ongoing, the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College and the American Iranian Council are pleased to announce that we are hosting a panel discussion to weigh the merits of the nuclear deal as well as its broader implications for US-Iran relations.

Our panelists include Ambassador William Luers of the Iran Project, Patricia DeGennaro of the World Policy Institute, and Jack Hayes of the law firm Steptoe & Johnson.


Patricia DeGennaro


Amb. William Luers

Gary Sick

Jack Hayes

Light refreshments will be available.

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.