EVENT: The US Election and Middle East Foreign Policy

The live-stream video below will begin at 6:15 pm Eastern Time on Thursday April 7th, 2016. The video will be available for immediate replay.

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Dr. James Zogby
Surrogate, Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign
Founder & President, Arab American Institute

Mr. Richard Nephew
Nonproliferation Advisor, Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign
Program Director, Center on Global Energy Policy

Event Description

America’s Middle East policy continues to be one of the most salient and consequential topics in US politics. While the Iran nuclear accord has been hailed by the Obama administration as a historic achievement, Republicans, and even some Democrats, have lined up against the multilateral agreement. Other issues such as the Syrian conflict, international terrorism, Mideast peace, energy, human rights, and regional stability all have major pressing implications for the next American president.

With this in mind, the AIC and Marymount Manhattan College wish to educate the public about the positions of the presidential candidates and offer the opportunity to ask questions.

This event is educational and strictly non-partisan. All campaign have been invited to participate.



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.