Monday, March 17, beginning at 6 p.m.
Aquinas College Performing Arts Center (on Robinson Road, just west of Plymouth Road)
or Tuesday, March 18, 12-1 p.m.
Gillett Auditorium, Fifth Third Bank Building, 111 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Presents this Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series Event:
Reza Marashi, Research Director at the National Iranian American Council, Washington DC
Reza won us all over last year with his thoughtful analysis on Iran. Now we hear his take on the aftermath of the Arab Spring. It has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?
Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters.
Marashi will immediately leave Grand Rapids and fly to Vienna to observe the next round of Iran nuclear talks scheduled from March 17 to March 20. Due to this opportunity, the Tuesday session will be a video of the Monday night presentation with a live telecon Q&A session with Mr. Marashi from 12:40 PM to 1 PM. He will call in to take questions in real-time from the Tuesday Noon audience.
This event is underwritten by Sound Off Signal.