Sheehan Speaks in U.S. Senate on Iran Policy

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On March 25, 2015, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – spoke at a bipartisan congressional briefing in the United States Senate on a panel featuring Senator Joseph Lieberman (former candidate for Vice President of the United States), Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Gary Peters, and distinguished military leaders and academics. Dr. Sheehan’s talk addressed matters related to the ongoing P5+1 nuclear discussions with Iran and the prospect of regime change from within.

Dr. Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

Several of his recently authored studies on U.S.-Iran policy can be accessed @:

SHEEHAN: What Is “Regime Change From Within?” Unpacking the Concept in the Context of Iran | Digest of Middle East Studies | Fall 2014 | Vol. 23, Issue 2

SHEEHAN: Balancing Ends, Ways, and Means: The Case for Reviving Support for “Regime Change from Within” in Iran | The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis | Syracuse University | Spring 2015 | 10th Edition

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Sheehan Awarded Promotion & Tenure

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Sheehan’s promotion and tenure follows a year-long internal and external review of his teaching, research, and leadership in the School of Public and International Affairs.

Sheehan joined the faculty at the University of Baltimore in 2009 after serving on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the John W. McCormack School of Policy Studies. He also previously taught at Bentley University, Tufts University, and George Mason University, after receiving a Ph.D. in 2006.

In supporting Dr. Sheehan’s case for promotion and tenure, Provost Joseph Wood wrote:

Dr. Sheehan has fully met and exceeded criteria set by CPA (College of Public Affairs) for the rank of associate professor with tenure. He has also shown remarkable leadership qualities… Based on the College’s very strong recommendations and my review of Dr. Sheehan’s record, I support his promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Former Mayor and now President of the University of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke, concurred with earlier unanimous decisions reached at the school, college, dean, and university levels and granted promotion and tenure on March 19, 2015.

Learn more about Dr. Sheehan’s scholarship, link to his research profiles, or have a look at select media appearances here.

You can also read more about tenure and the importance of academic freedom by reviewing the American Association of University Professors 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

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SHEEHAN: Balancing Ends, Ways, and Means: The Case for Reviving Support for ‘Regime Change from Within’ in Iran | The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis | Syracuse University | Spring 2015 | 10th Edition

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SHEEHAN: Balancing Ends, Ways, and Means: The Case for Reviving Support for “Regime Change from Within” in Iran | The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis | Syracuse University | Spring 2015 | 10th Edition

As a March 31 deadline looms and world powers scramble to negotiate over Iran’s nuclear program – and on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings to a joint session of Congress this week – Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan has published his latest paper titled Balancing Ends, Ways, and Means: The Case for Reviving Support for ‘Regime Change from Within’ in Iran in The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis (Syracuse University). In the paper he argues that “the U.S. needs to abandon the idea that pressure on Iran in the form of support for “regime change from within” will only derail talks. As Kenneth Pollack has pointed out, Iran does not moderate when the pressure is off but when it is high.

Excerpt: The regime’s expanding use of proxies to destabilize its neighbors is another matter of urgent concern. Iran still provides small arms shipments and training to the Taliban in Afghanistan. In addition, and despite its pledge to support Iraq’s stabilization, it gives regular guidance and training to Shia militants in Iraq. It has also deployed several hundred military specialists, including senior Quds Force commanders to Syria and is believed to have spent billions of dollars to support the Assad regime as it continues its brutal crackdown on the Syrian people, a crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of more than 70,000 civilians. Additionally, Iran has been sending weapons to secessionist movements to foment dissent and destabilize Yemen. These activities too are unlikely to stop in the presence of a nuclear deal, if one occurs. As Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, indicated as recently as November 2013, Iran is determined on “challenging the influence of America in the region and extending its own influence”and it does not appear to be inclined to change how it pursues its influence “one iota.” 

Further, to support these activities and defend against potential fallout, Iran has intensified a brutal crackdown on its own citizens. While the regime’s record on human rights has always been poor, its repression of ordinary Iranians reached new heights in the wake of the disputed elections of 2009. Protestors were arrested en masse, tortured, raped and killed in prison. Today, as many as 500 Iranian dissidents, including minority rights and women’s activists, are still behind bars. Leading opposition figures such as Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard have now been held under house arrest for three years without charges or trial, and “despite President Rouhani’s numerous promises to respect people’s rights following his June 2013 electoral victory,” serious rights abuses continue. One of the most alarming trends is the surge in executions. Iran is now ranked number one, above China, in executions per capita. According to Ahmed Shaheed, Iran’s UN special rapporteur for human rights, 176 people were put to death in January, February, and early March of 2014 alone. Several were executed in public and many sources believe the numbers are much higher. According to other reports, including the Human Rights Documentation Center, more than 500 people have been executed since Rouhani took office. These trends, coupled with the regime’s record of arbitrary detention and unfair trials, discrimination against minorities, mistreatment of political prisoners and restrictions on freedom of expression, led the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to deliver a sharp rebuke to Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, as recently as March 2014. The problem is that such abuses not only affect individuals and communities. In “a world of complex interdependencies and trans-border activities,” they also have “spillover effects.” In particular they can increase the flow of refugees with destabilizing effects in neighboring countries. In addition, as Tim Dunne points out they “diminish the constraining capacity of key norms” and in the process give a “green light” to other states to engage in similar repression in blatant violation of international standards of behavior.

Access a full PDF of the newly published article here.

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Sheehan to Speak at Syracuse University National Security Studies Conference

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan has been invited to speak at a conference – The Global Threat: Emerging Issues in National Security – hosted by the prestigious Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University on February 27-28, 2015.

Dr. Sheehan is also scheduled to speak next week at the 2015 Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New Orleans and the week after at the 2015 Middle East Dialogue (MED) conference hosted by the Policy Studies Organization in Washington, D.C.

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Sheehan Research Profiles Now Available

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Interested in research undertaken by Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan? Learn more about his scholarship or link with him at the below sites.

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SHEEHAN: Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal? A Critical Assessment of the Evidence

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SHEEHAN: Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal? A Critical Assessment of the Evidence | Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience | Sept-Oct 2014

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan has published a new peer-reviewed study titled Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal? A Critical Assessment of the Evidence in the journal Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience.

The literature on suicide terrorism, the most lethal form of terrorist violence, is largely dominated by the fields of Political Science and International Relations where the prevailing wisdom is that suicide terrorists are without mental illness. Individuals who commit acts of suicide terrorism are believed to do so for religious, cultural, strategic, political, or sociological reasons, or because they are driven by hopelessness, revenge, love, hate, despair, or a desire for attention. Whether suicide terrorists suffer from psychopathology, exhibit clinical signs of suicidality/ homicidality, or are otherwise without mental illness and motivated by purely strategic, religious, or political agendas, however, is a matter of contention. Knowing whether suicide terrorists are in fact suicidal has policy implications for prevention, rehabilitation, and the “softer” side of counterterrorism designed to win hearts and minds. This study examines the history of suicide terrorism and the theoretical arguments, as well as empirical evidence, for and against the possibility that suicide terrorists may be suicidal with the goal of placing these arguments in the context of a broader range of explanations for suicide violence. The paper also highlights the need for more systematic data collection using structured diagnostic tools to accurately frame the problem of suicide violence.

#PDF – Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal? A Critical Assessment of the Evidence | Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience | Sept-Oct 2014

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Sheehan Homicidality Tracking Scale (S-HTS) - Dec 14 Updates

Dr. Sheehan is scheduled to present at several international conferences in 2015. For additional research or media related updates and to learn more, follow Dr. Sheehan on Twitter @ProfSheehan.

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Sheehan to Speak at 2015 Middle East Dialogue

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan has been invited to speak at the 2015 Middle East Dialogue, a conference hosted by the Policy Studies Organization on February 26, 2015. The annual meeting — held at the historic Whittemore House in Washington, D.C. — attracts academics, analysts, and government officials with an interest in policy issues impacting the Middle East.

Dr. Sheehan’s presentation – “Suicide Terrorism: Competing Explanations and Policy Implications for the Middle East” – will feature the results of his forthcoming study in a special issue of the journal Clinical Innovations in Neuroscience (“Suicide Terrorism: A Critical Assessment of the Evidence”). The presentation will challenge the conventional thinking on suicide terrorism in the Political Science and International Relations literatures by examining the theoretical and empirical evidence for and against the possibility that suicide terrorists may suffer from psychopathology.

This is Dr. Sheehan’s third time presenting at the Middle East Dialogue (2013, 2014, 2015). He has also twice published in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (2013, 2014) and also in a Policy Studies Organization edited volume (2014).

In February 2015, Dr. Sheehan is also scheduled to speak at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in New Orleans where he will discuss his latest study on regime change in Iran, as well as serve as a chair and discussant for other panels related to his scholarship.

Stay tuned for updates and follow Dr. Sheehan on Twitter @ProfSheehan

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