Event recordings, radio broadcasts, webinars and podcasts

June 24, 2020: Oil, Sanctions, and COVID-19: Iran and the U.S. A WorldDenver conversation with Amb. Thomas Pickering in conversation with Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian 

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate as the two countries pursue conflicting interests in Iraq and the region. Iran has been among the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the current situation in Iran, and how are they navigating a devastating public health crisis, the collapse of oil prices, and simultaneous international economic sanctions? What questions should be driving U.S. diplomatic and strategic policy on Iran and in the region? What realistic policies should the U.S. pursue now and post-November?

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June 4, 2020: World Affairs Council Charlotte Distinguished Speaker Series Panel (Virtual) with Amb. Thomas Pickering and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj: Oil, Sanctions, and COVID-19: What’s Next for the U.S. and Iran? 

Join us for a WACC Distinguished Speaker Series virtual panel discussion on US-Iran relations with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan, and the United Nations and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder and Publisher of Bourse & Bazaar.

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June 4, 2020 World Affairs Council of Philadelphia webinar: Sanctions, COVID-19, and the Future of US-Iran Relations with Barbara Slavin and Gary Sick

Join the Council for a discussion about US-Iran relations and how COVID-19 is affecting Iran, featuring Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Gary Sick, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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June 2, 2020 webinar from World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth: Iran, the U.S. and the COVID-19 Crisis. With Amb. Frank Wisner and Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian

While the world is preoccupied with the pandemic, tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate as the two countries pursue conflicting interests in Iraq and the region. Moreover, when it comes to COVID-19, Iran has been among the countries hardest hit. What is the current situation in Iran, and how is the country managing this health crisis while also subject to international economic sanctions? What are we missing in terms of the larger strategic questions driving U.S. policy on Iran and in the region? Iran finds itself in a vice between COVID-19 and the United States. What will give?

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May 6, 2020 webinar: Iran: U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign, American and European Perspectives—Tennessee World Affairs Council with Amb. William Luers, Gary Sick and Ellie Geranmayeh

This special edition of the TNWAC Global Dialogue: International Speakers series presents a conversation about current developments in relations with Iran. Ambassador Bill Luers will moderate a conversation with Professor Gary Sick of Columbia University and Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Iran remains at the center of U.S. decision makers attention in the Middle East as Tehran grapples with the effects of Washington’s “Maximum Pressure” campaign and the catastrophic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile Tehran continues its “Maximum Resistance” response through maritime provocations, space vehicle (potential ICBM) launches and backing Iraqi militias that are in conflict with U.S. forces.

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April 30, 2020 webinar : Iran, The Us, And The Covid-19 Crisis—World Affairs of San Francisco with Amb. Frank Wisner, Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian and Barbara Slavin

While the world is preoccupied with the pandemic, tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate as the two countries pursue conflicting interests in Iraq and the region. Moreover, when it comes to COVID-19, Iran has been among the countries hardest hit. What is the current situation in Iran, and how is the country managing this health crisis while also subject to international economic sanctions? What are we missing in terms of the larger strategic questions driving U.S. policy on Iran and in the region? Iran finds itself in a vice between COVID-19 and the United States. What will give?

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April 29, 2020 webinar: Flattening the Curve of US-Iran Tensions—World Affairs Council of Atlanta with Amb. Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Nigeria, El Salvador, Jordan Global Security & International Relations Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 12:00 PM- 12:45 PM ET IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE IRAN PROJECT Tehran’s initial response to COVID-19 was disastrous. As a result, Iran is the country in the Middle East most affected by this pandemic.

October 23, 2018: World Affairs Council podcast with Nicholas Burns: “The Crisis in US Global Leadership and Diplomacy”

“Chief among the trends threatening global peace and stability is the weakening of the US leadership role around the world. As the US withdraws from international accords and President Trump criticizes allies, the rest of the world is left to pick up the pieces.” In this October 23, 2018 podcast, Nicholas Burns, former US ambassador and professor at Harvard Kennedy School, in conversation with World Affairs CEO Jane Wales, discusses how traditional American diplomacy can help ease today’s global tensions.

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October 25, 2017: Thomas Pickering speaks with Larry Mantle about the Iran nuclear deal on “AirTalk”

Larry Mantle spoke with Ambassador Thomas Pickering about next steps on the Iran nuclear deal and what the decertification might mean, not just for the U.S., but in Pyongyang and Beijing as we also attempt to temper North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

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