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Iran, the U.S. and the COVID-19 Crisis
Frank Wisner, U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India; Roxane Farmanfarmaian, University of Cambridge

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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? - From World Affairs

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian is Director of International Studies and Global Politics at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education and a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. She is an expert on Middle East policy and media studies and a member of the European Leadership Network’s Iran group, which focuses on the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. An author and former journalist, Farmanfarmaian received her Ph.D. and Master of Philosophy degrees from the University of Cambridge and her B.A. from Princeton University.

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner’s diplomatic career spans four decades and eight American presidents. He served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India. His State Department service includes Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. He served Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for negotiations in Zimbabwe and Namibia, and was appointed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s special representative to the 2005 Kosovo Status Talks. Ambassador Wisner, who is currently an International Affairs Advisor for Squire Patton Boggs, received his L.L.B. and A.B. degrees from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Princeton University.


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