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 There is such a thing as a FREE lunch!  Join us on January 12.

Moment of Truth: Can the Iran Nuclear Deal be Revived? 
Join us for the next in our Lunch & Learn series
Beyond the Headlines: Critical Issues Impacting Our World
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The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and adopt a “maximum pressure” policy has made Iran more belligerent and more involved in power struggles in the Middle East, instead of isolating Iran economically and diplomatically. As hard-liners consolidated control in Tehran and the Biden administration made its desire to extricate the United States from the Middle East clear, the attempts to revive the JCPOA and reset the relationship between Iran and the United States seem less than promising, leaving many to wonder whether the European diplomats could ease the tensions between the two parties.
In this talk, Dr. Oztas will explain why the Iranians are no longer eager to revive the deal, discuss why the Israelis are already working on a "Plan B" to escalate confrontation with Iran and ask whether the US can stay on the sidelines if regional rivalries intensify and a "war of all against all" erupts in the Middle East. 

Join the World Affairs Council Upstate, along with our expert, Buket Oztas, for the next in our monthly series, Beyond the Headlines: Critical Issues Impacting Our World.
FREE Dr. Buket Oztas joined Furman’s Politics and International Affairs department as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2017. Her expertise is in Comparative Politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests fall broadly in the fields of political Islam and regime transitions in the Islamic world, but she also does research on European Politics, particularly on the changing institutional dynamics of the European Union. Originally from Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Oztas received her B.A. and B.S. degrees (2010) from Bilkent University (Turkey) and Binghamton University (New York), and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida (2016). Before coming to Furman University, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and offered courses on Comparative Politics, Politics of the Middle East and Islam in European Politics.

Her most recent work focuses on the interplay between political Islam and democratization. The book project she is currently working on, based on her dissertation and extensive fieldwork in Turkey and Tunisia, examines the party system religiosity and the quality of democracy in 36 Muslim-majority countries and gives a detailed account of how Islamist parties hindered, or contributed to, democratic processes in countries as distinct as Albania, Tunisia, Turkey and Indonesia. For more information and a complete bio click here.

Please plan to join us for this LIVE In-Person EVENT
Where: Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville SC 
When: Wednesday, January 12 at 12:00 pm
Cost: FREE and includes your choice of lunch.

Presentations generally run from 12-1:00 with plenty of time afterwards
to ask your specific questions of our speaker.

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 Questions? Interested in sponsor opportunities? Please email tracie@upstateinternational.org