Paper Presentation "Transborder Shia Nationalism: Case Studies of Iran's Oil Nationalization and Recognition of Israel" at ASPS

On March 17, I presented a paper titled Transborder Shia Nationalism: Case Studies of Iran's Oil Nationalization and Recognition of Israel, at The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) conference held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Source: http://www.persianatesocieties.org/index.php/conventions/asps-biennial-convention-tbilisi-2018

Moderated Panel "Up to the Minute: Iran in Perspective" at Princeton University

On February 22, I moderated a panel on Iran, titled Up to the Minute: Iran in Perspective, at a joint program sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center on Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. Panel speakers included Dr. Luciano Zaccara, Dr. Djavad Salehi Isfahani, Dr. Amin Moghadam, and Dr. Nura Hossainzadeh.

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Source: https://www.princeton.edu/iran/gallery/

Paper Presentation "From Arab Spring to Islamic State: Prospects for Conflict Management" at Global South and the World Conference

On December 15, I presented a paper titled From Arab Spring to Islamic State: Prospects for Conflict Management at the Global South and The World: Past, Present and Future conference, organized by The Global South Association in collaboration with Georgia College and Hassan II University of Casablanca, and held in Marrakech, Morocco.

Source: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1960407

A Talk at the Commonwealth Club of California -- The Qatar Crisis

On September 8, I spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California about the escalation of crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain, along with co-panelist Dr. Maher Khalaji, a frequent contributor to the Middle East Program at the Commonwealth Club. The panel was moderated by award-winning journalist Jonathan Curiel, who also discussed Qatar's sponsorship of Al Jazeera.

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Source: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/qatar-crisis

A Talk at the World Affairs Council of San Francisco -- U.S., Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus?

On June 27, I spoke at the World Affairs Council of San Francisco on U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia. The discussion was held in-conversation with Dr. Jessica Mathews, Distinguished Fellow and Former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and co-panelists Dr. Fred Lawson, Senior Fellow from the Center for Syrian Studies at St. Andrews, and Dr. Hossein Mousavian, Specialist from the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University.

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Source: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1737#.WVVC-saZNsO

A Talk at the Commonwealth Club of California -- Qatar Crisis

On June 26, I spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California on the Crisis in Qatar, raising and answering questions with the audience on why the crisis has erupted at this juncture of time, why Qatar has turned into a target of the crisis, what is happening with the crisis, and if there are issues that are not revealed about the crisis that could matter down the road.

 

A Moderated Discussion at the Commonwealth Club of California -- Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening

On June 19, I moderated a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Club of California with Manal al-Sharif, women's rights activist and author of "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening." Manal al-Sharif, was named one of Times' 100 most influential people in 2012 and received the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. In 2011, when she learned that the driving ban for women was custom and not law, al-Sharif became the face of the Women2Drive movement. 

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Source: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/daring-drive-saudi-womans-awakening

Arabic Edition of "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?" Displayed at Beirut, Jeddah and Tehran International Book Fairs

The Arabic edition of "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?" published by Dar AlSaqi under the title العلاقات السعودية الإيرانية منذ بدايات القرن العشرين حتى اليوم was displayed at the Beirut International Book Fair in December 2016, the same month at the Jeddah International Book Fair which was inaugurated by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled bin Faisal Al Saud, and at the Tehran International Book Fair in May 2017. 

A Moderated Discussion at the Commonwealth Club of California -- Trump and the Middle East

On April 28, I moderated panel discussions on Trump and the Middle East at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists Alon Sachar, Maher Khalaji, and Eddy Simonian discussed their perspectives on Donald Trump's presidency as well as policies and actions which may lead to peace or further conflict in the region. Alon Sachar has worked to advance Middle East peace under two U.S. administrations and cowrote A Path to Peace (with Senator George Mitchell). Maher Kalaji is a frequent contributor to The Commonwealth Club's Middle East Forum, and Eddy Simonian, an Assyrian Christian, is an expert on Lebanon's sectarian conflict. 

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Source: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/trump-and-middle-east

A Talk at Princeton University -- A Woman's Perspective on Religion and Diplomacy in Iran

On April 19,  the Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination convened a discussion where I spoke with students from the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at Princeton University on perspectives as a woman on the subjects of religion and diplomacy in Iran, areas which I worked and wrote extensively on in my recent book Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?

"Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?" Released in Arabic

"Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? was released in Arabic in December 2016, reaching a potential readership audience of over 200 million people in the Arab world. The book was launched at the Beirut and Jeddah International Book Fairs under the title:

العلاقات السعودية الإيرانية منذ بدايات القرن العشرين حتى اليوم

Translated by ابتسام بن خضراء.

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Source: http://www.daralsaqi.com/book/ العلاقات-السعوديّة-الإيرانيّة-منذ-بدايات-القرن-العشرين-حتى-اليوم

Heritage Doll Project

On December 5, a 5th grader from the San Francisco Unified School District interviewed me for his Heritage Doll Project. The project honors America's rich and diverse heritage by encouraging students to interview and make dolls of people they know who moved to the United States.  I will post a picture of the Heritage Doll shortly. 

Read Student's Narrative:

Banafsheh Keynoush is the first to arrive in America from her side of the family. She was born in Iran in 1968. She grew up with a large family and nice grandparents. Life was good until the war with Iraq started in 1980. Life was hard for Banafsheh Keynoush, and on top of that, she lost two of her good friends.

After the war, she wanted to study politics, but the Iranian government would not let women study in that field. She decided to go to America so she could have the freedom to study politics. She went to Cyprus twice to get her student visa. Then from Iran, Banafsheh Keynoush set off to America.

First she flew to Germany and from Germany she flew to Boston in 1996. She had applied and was accepted to Tufts University. She managed to obtain a Master's degree and Ph.D. in politics. Then she moved to San Francisco and wrote a book called "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?" Banafsheh Keynoush stayed in San Francisco and continued to work in the field of international politics.

 

 

 

A Talk at the Commonwealth Club of California -- Troubled Turkey

On November 18, I presented at a panel at the Commonwealth Club titled Troubled Turkey, with co-panelists former White House National Security Staff Director for Turkish Affairs Jeffrey Collins, and Turkish-Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov. The talk and Q & A were moderated by award-winning journalist Jonathan Curiel.

Commonwealth Club: A distinguished panel will discuss the unsettled situation in Turkey, one of the most important countries in the Middle East, after the unsuccessful coup attempt, a tightening of control by the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and increased terrorism by Islamic State.

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Source: http://audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20161118_Troubled_Turkey.mp3