[act-ma] Aug 6th Forum on Iran in Providence

John Gallagher johnniecakes59 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 1 09:00:05 PDT 2008

The speakers for the Aug. 6 public forum on Iran have been finalized. Please read below to learn of their extraordinary credentials. Also, please note that the location of the forum has been changed to the Social Room at Beneficent Church. The forum is free and open to the public.

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Forum on Iran
On August 6, 2008, at 7:00 PM the RI Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation, a committee of area peace/antiwar groups, is holding a forum on Iran in the Social Room at the Beneficent Church at 300 Weybosset Street in Providence. 

The forum is featuring an outstanding panel of speakers on Iran.  One is Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi, the author of numerous books and articles on Iran, including the forthcoming book entitled  Iran Foreign Policy after September 11, which he co-authored with Abbas Maliki. Dr. Afrasiabi is currently at the Paris Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the Board of Directors of CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran.)  He will be speaking on the culture of Iran and the current political thinking and attitudes of the Iranian people. 
Dr. Jo-Anne Hart, a visiting professor at the Watson Institute at Brown University, whose area of expertise includes US strategy in the Middle East, will talk about the political implications of any attack against Iran.  Dr. Hart was featured on MSNBC’s Hardball where she faced off against John Bolton on the consequences of a "limited" attack on  Iran.  Michael Jackson, a researcher at Brown and professor of political science at Stonehill College, will give the audience an overview of the history of the ancient country of Persia, now known as Iran.

Given the increasingly hostile rhetoric against Iran coming from the Bush Administration, the topic is a particularly timely one. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after the presentations. The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  

RI Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation
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