Orange, Calif. – This Thursday, October 13, Chapman University will hold an international conference on “Iran: Rising Power in the Middle East.”  The conference will feature experts on Iran and the Iranian nuclear deal from around the globe.

“While the Iran nuclear deal – or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) —  is now over a year old, I believe this is a timely conversation to have,” says James Coyle, Ph.D., conference organizer and director of Chapman’s Center for Global Education, which is presenting the event.   “In the U.S. presidential elections, one candidate supports the nuclear deal and the other opposes it.  In Iran, the chief architect of the deal is facing his own re-election in the spring, so the nuclear deal remains a hot topic in both countries.”

Media welcome to attend and cover.


What:  CONFERENCE:  “Iran: Rising Power in the Middle East”

When:  October 13, 9:45 to 4:15

Where:  Beckman Hall 404, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, Calif.

Cost:  Free and Open to the Public

Public: for more information: 714-997-6830 or


Speakers and Topics:

Panel 1: Iran and the World 10-11:30 AM

Mohsen Milani, “Iran’s Regional Standing One Year After the Nuclear Deal”

Majid Rafizadeh, “Iran’s current role in the region, Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, and Iran’s domestic politics.”

Joseph Cirincione, “The Policy and Politics of the Iran Nuclear Deal”


Panel 2: Impact of the JCPOA on Iran 1:00- 2:30 PM

Hooshang Amirahmadi, – “The JCPOA and the Iranian Economy”

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, “Iranian Domestic Opposition to the JCPOA”


Panel 3: Regional News on the JCPOA 2:45-4:15 PM

M Reza Amirkhizi, “The JCPOA and the status of the 5+1’s commitments”

Ali Reza Nader, “Iran’s Relations with the ‘Powers’”

Camelia Entekhabifard, “Persian Gulf countries’ objections to the JCPOA; their worries and frustrations concerning Iran’s behavior in the region.”

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