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Iran, US, and the Gulf region:

24 Oct 2023
7:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

Iran, US, and the Gulf region: Is Regional Dialogue
and Diplomacy the Solution?

Webinar Presented by Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA), Tom Huf

This Webinar will focus on the current dialogue and direct diplomacy among Iran and its


The greatly diminished engagement of the US in the Persian Gulf region, decreasing levels of trust in US commitments, and policy inconsistency since Trump’s disengagement from the JCPOA, have created a vacuum to be filled by the initiatives of others. The ‘maximum pressure’ and militaristic policies initiated by Trump and continued by Biden have failed to yield positive results. At the same time trade and security initiatives by states in the region hint at the possibility of a more promising security framework. Whether or not direct engagement can replace years of hostility on many issues is the main question the panel will address.

Format:           Zoom Webinar coordinated by MAPA
Time Date: 7:00 PM October 24th 2023

Convener: Panel Discussion convened by Tom Huf - MAPA and PCIA, Higher education

planner with Harvard University for an advanced research university in northern

Iran. Mr Huf has continued as a higher education planner for the past 35 years. Moderator: Moderator – Paul Barker PCIA


-     John Limbert – US Ambassador (ret), foreign Service 34 years including Iran, Professor at US Naval Academy, Novelist, Peace Corps Iran Volunteer

-     Dylan Williams ---- J Street chief lobbyist for org strategy, Israel

policy, Council on Foreign Relations immigration policy

-     Assal Rad - Rad is a Nonresident Fellow at the Eurasia Group Foundation. Her writing can be seen in many prominent publications, and as a commentator on BBC World, Al Jazeera, CNN, and NPR.

-     Paul Barker – Peace Corps in Iran, NGO services in many countries in

Central and West Asia and East Africa over 38 years

24 Oct 2023
7:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

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