Is Armed Conflict Between U.S. and Iran Avoidable?

Posted: April 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) will host a roundtable discussion and multiparty dialogue on averting armed conflict between the United States and Iran on Monday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The discussion will be held at the National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, in Washington, D.C.

ICAR professor Richard Rubenstein will moderate the discussion.

Featured panelists are

  • Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), member, House Appropriations Committee
  • Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.), founder and cochair, Dialogue Caucus
  • Trita Parsi, president, National Iranian American Council
  • Joseph Montville, chair of the board, Center for the Study of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict at Mason, and diplomat in

    residence at American University
  • Jake Colvin, director, USA Engage, and member, National Foreign Trade Council

Most discussions of the crisis in U.S.-Iran relations have focused on issues of contention, including Iran’s nuclear development program, alleged aid by Tehran to insurgent forces in Iraq, and alleged U.S. efforts to undermine the Iranian regime. The long-strained relationship has deteriorated to the point that a disastrous military confrontation now seems a very real possibility.

This panel of policy makers and academics will discuss potential answers to the following questions:

  • What factors have embittered this relationship, both in earlier decades and at present?
  • What can be done to eliminate or mitigate the underlying causes of U.S.-Iran hostility?
  • What creative and practical alternatives are there to a military confrontation?
  • What can be done to reconstruct the dangerously deteriorated U.S.-Iran relationship?

A question and answer session will follow the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, call ICAR at 703-993-1300.

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