Experts discuss Iran deal today at USF


With a week before the deadline for Congress to vote on the Iran nuclear deal, it is important for the public to understand the potential implications of this international agreement.

On Thursday, the Patel Center for Global Solutions will host a conference on issues affecting the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. The conference will be open to the public and divided into two sessions. 

The morning session, which will begin at 9:45 a.m., deals with the Iran nuclear deal and the afternoon session will discuss violent extremism in the Middle East. Numerous international speakers with differing viewpoints have been invited to speak, and any students or community members attending will be able to ask questions. 

“A good university is one in which important issues are discussed from different perspectives. That’s what this conference is all about,” said Mohsen Milani, executive director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies at USF. 

“It is not a political conference, it is an educational conference, and I can’t emphasize that enough,” he said. Milani is one of the event’s organizers and plans to speak in favor of the Iran deal at the conference.

The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. Speakers for this session will include Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. and Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, president of the Emirates Policy Center. Other speakers will discuss how specific countries are reacting to ISIS.

The conference is the latest of three that have been hosted over the past three years. Milani said the open-ended structure of the conferences comes from his teaching philosophy. 

“In all my classes … I present different perspectives, different points of view, always emphasizing that there is more than one point of view … and then students are free to use their own discretion to decide what makes the most sense,” he said. “And that ultimately is the goal for our conference as well.”