The Iran Deal and its Consequences

July 9, 2015 - 2:00 pm

NOTE: The following event has been cancelled.

The Iran Deal and its Consequences​

A conversation with:
Kelsey Davenport 
Director for Nonproliferation Policy
Arms Control Association

Erich Ferrari 
Attorney at Law 
Ferrari & Associates, P.C.

Clifford Kupchan
Eurasia Group

John Limbert
Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
US Naval Academy

Moderated by:
   Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) are expected to reach a ground-breaking comprehensive nuclear agreement by the end of June or shortly thereafter. The panelists will analyze the agreement in terms of its impact on nonproliferation, regional dynamics, US-Iran relations, and trade and investment in Iran. They will also discuss the potential obstacles to implementation both in Iran and in the United States.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran's internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. It is supported generously by the Ploughshares Fund. 

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Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. Davenport joined the Arms Control Association in August 2011 as the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. Prior to coming to the Arms Control Association, Davenport worked for a think tank in Jerusalem researching regional security issues and track II diplomatic negotiations. She holds an MA degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 

Erich Ferrari is a lawyer whose main areas of practice are assisting clients in complying with and addressing issues related to US trade sanctions. In this capacity he works extensively on issues arising before the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As part of these representations, Ferrari has extensive experience on how US sanctions impact US-Iran trade particularly in the realm of humanitarian trade. He also worked to remove names from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals List, obtained OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions otherwise prohibited by OFAC, and developed and implemented OFAC compliance programs for international companies. Ferrari actively writes on OFAC administered trade sanctions and has been published on the matter. He is often called upon by media outlets to speak on US trade sanctions issues. He is the founder and author of a US trade sanctions blog: 

Clifford Kupchan is Eurasia Group's Chairman, Practice Head for Eurasia, and Iran Director. He provides top-level analysis and thought leadership on global macro issues and also covers Russia's domestic and foreign policy as well as its energy sector. In addition, he focuses on Iranian nuclear and foreign policy, Iranian domestic politics, and international sanctions on Iran.  Prior to joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Kupchan served in the US State Department as Deputy Coordinator of US Assistance to Eurasia during the Clinton administration. Before that, Kupchan worked for the House International Relations Committee, where he served as the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser for Eurasia, North Africa, and foreign assistance. More recently, Kupchan served as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at The Center for the National Interest. From 2000 to 2002, he lived in Moscow and worked as the Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation, leading programmatic and fundraising efforts for one of the leading foundations in Russia. Kupchan holds an BA from Brown University and an MA from Stanford University.

John Limbert is the Class of 1955 Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the US Naval Academy. During a thirty-four year career in the US Foreign Service, he served mostly in the Middle East and Islamic Africa and was Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.  In 2009 to 2010 he came out of retirement to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern (Iranian) Affairs. Ambassador Limbert holds a PhD from Harvard University in history and Middle Eastern studies. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Among the books he has authored are: Iran at War with History (Westview Press, 1987), Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004), and Negotiating with Iran (US Institute of Peace, 2009).