On October 30 and 31, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan hosted world-renowned Columbia University Professor of Economics Jeffrey D. Sachs at the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs. Professor Sachs, the author of three New York Times bestsellers and twice named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world, discussed an initiative to promote sustainable development in Baltimore in advance of the United Nation’s adoption of global sustainable development goals in 2015.
Special thanks goes to Mr. Johnny J. Mack (President) and Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby (Senior Vice President) of Communities Without Boundaries International (CWBI) who, along with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), facilitated a series of discussions that involved civil society leaders, academics, students, grassroots activists, and individuals from the private sector.
The summit also involved a meeting with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as discussions with representatives from the Baltimore City Council. Followup meetings with government officials, academics, and community leaders are currently being planned.
While presenting at the World Congress of Middle East Studies in Turkey on August 19, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan published an article in the congressional newspaper The Hill on Iraq, Iran, ISIS and the growing unrest on the Iraqi street. In the article, he questioned whether White House officials have a plan to counter the larger threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“…U.S. policy on Iran must ensure significant consequence for continued Iranian interference in Iraq. The failure to act against Assad by enforcing the red line in Syria or push back on Putin’s adventures in Ukraine diminished U.S. credibility and squandered valuable influence. But Congress can correct these missteps by insisting that the White House lean in on Iran by giving the ayatollahs a new problem to keep them busy.
Since Tehran fears internal threats more than external ones, U.S. legislators should embrace a policy of regime change from within via Iran’s organized opposition.
Obama’s declaration that there is no military solution to Iraq’s troubles and that a legitimate Iraqi government must be established is an accurate diagnosis insofar as it goes. But the intoxication resulting from a combination of U.S. impotence, Iranian interference, and Iraqi frustration will only lead to continued regional instability.
Solving the Iraq puzzle requires that U.S. officials double down on the real threat in the Middle East and increase the prospect of collapse in Tehran.” #PDF
Please also stay tuned for forthcoming publications in fall 2014 on topics related to regime change in Iran and suicide terrorism.