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Sheehan Publishes 35 Articles Between Summer 2017 – 2018

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Between summer 2017 and summer 2018, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Executive Director of the School of Public & International Affairsauthored or co-authored 35 policy-oriented op-eds in major news outlets, including 1 comprehensive study of the 2018 Iran uprising that was cited in official testimony before the Canadian Parliament. The articles frequently raised themes picked up by prominent American and European officials in public remarks and prior to important votes. In some instances, the articles were syndicated and translated into French and/or Farsi by third parties before being republished. Recent articles include:

SHEEHAN | When Iran Votes For President Friday, Is It A Referendum On The Future Or More Of The Same? | Independent Journal Review | 17 May 2017

SHEEHAN et al | Why the World Needs a Metropolitan Compact: A New Vision for the Future of Sustainability | Citiscope | 19 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump is Right to Focus on Iran’s Support of Terrorism | The Baltimore Sun | 26 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN | In Discussing Middle East Policy, US Should Acknowledge the Goal of Regime Change | Townhall | 19 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump et Macron devraient décourager les entreprises d’investir en Iran | Translation | Trump and Macron Should Jointly Discourage Businesses from Investing in Iran | La Tribune | 13 JUL 2017

SHEEHAN | Iran Ripe for Regime Change Two Years After Nuclear Deal | New York Daily News | 14 JUL 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump Sanctions Set Stage for Necessary Regime Change in Iran | The Hill | 4 AUG 2017

SHEEHAN | Iran Protests: How Trump Can Strike a Fatal Blow Against a Dangerous, Tyrannical Regime | Fox News| 30 Dec 2017

*Article was trending at FoxNews.com in the early days of the 2018 Iran uprising.

SHEEHAN & TANTER | Trump Faces an Unfolding Iranian Revolution–Time to Act | The Hill | 3 JAN 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN Iran Protests Should Prompt Update of Trump Policy, Nuclear Deal | Newsmax | 4 JAN 2018

SHEEHAN | Trump Should Go Further on Iran | Washington Examiner | 5 JAN 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | US Renews Iran Nuclear Deal, Needs to Focus More on Human Rights | Newsmax | 14 JAN 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Will 2018 Bring Revolution to Iran? The National Interest | 17 JAN 2018

*The National Interest is the leading journal associated with the realist school of foreign policy and is published by the Center for the National Interest, chaired by Henry Kissinger. The article, which was a leading article at the magazine during the 2018 Iran uprising, was coauthored with University of Michigan Professor Emeritus Raymond Tanter, a member of the National Security Council senior staff in the Regan White House. The article was subsequently translated into Farsi by Voice of America – Iran (VOA Farsi).

SHEEHAN | An Iran Without the Ayatollah is No Longer Unthinkable | Washington Examiner | 9 FEB 2018

*The article was also translated into Farsi by Voice of America – Iran (VOA Farsi) and republished.

SHEEHAN & TANTER | 2018 Winter Olympics an Occasion to Rein in Rogue Regimes | The Hill | 11 FEB 2018

TANTER + SHEEHAN | Will Israel and Iran Go to War? | Newsmax | 16 FEB 2018

SHEEHAN | It’s Time for the West to Lean on Tehran — the Iranian People Deserve It | National Post | 21 FEB 2018

*Published in print and online versions of National Post.

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Iran’s Cyber Warfare Against its People Must Not Stand | The Hill | 23 FEB 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Iran and Israel Could Go to War Next Year | The National Interest | 25 FEB 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Is it Time for Trump to Abandon the Iran Deal? | Newsmax | 8 MAR 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | US, Israel Must Grow Closer to Tear the Iranian Regime Apart | The Hill | 11 MAR 2018

SHEEHAN | Iranians are Setting an Auspicious Date for a New Uprising | Townhall | 12 MAR 2018

SHEEHAN | Culture Clash Could Lead to Political Revolt During Persian Festival of Fire | The Hill | 12 MAR 2018

SHEEHAN | Bolton’s Fiery Style Reduces Risk of War and Promotes the Iranian People’s Desire for Change | The Hill | 28 MAR 2018

*Article received ~11,500 direct Twitter shares in less than a week.

SHEEHAN | Bolton’s Appointment a Step in the Right Direction for White House Posture on Iran | The Daily Caller | 1 APR 2018

SHEEHAN | The Rebellion in Iran: A Comprehensive Assessment | Modern Diplomacy | 10 APR 2018

+ Reprinted by Eurasia Review on 11 APR 2018

 *This 7,000+ word study is among the most comprehensive analyses of the Iran protests in print.

*On May 2, 2018, Sheehan’s analysis was referenced in official testimony in the Canadian Parliament by leading Iran policy scholar and President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Mark Dubowitz. Sheehan was also cited by the editor of The Washington Free Beacon.

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Trump’s Foreign Policy Plans Put America First | The National Interest | 1 MAY 2018

+ Reprinted by Yahoo News

*The National Interest is the leading journal associated with the realist school of foreign policy and is published by the Center for the National Interest, chaired by Henry Kissinger. The article, which was a leading article at the magazine during the 2018 Iran uprising, was coauthored with University of Michigan Professor Emeritus Raymond Tanter, a member of the National Security Council senior staff in the Regan White House.

 SHEEHAN | Even Before Trump’s Latest Warning, Iran was Facing Bigger Problems than Ever | International Policy Digest | 2 MAY 2018

 SHEEHAN | The Iranian People Deserve a Better Deal from the West | Modern Diplomacy | 15 MAY 2018

TANTER & SHEEHAN | Are Israel and Iran on Path to War? | Newsmax | 16 MAY 2018

 SHEEHAN | The Alarmists Are Wrong About Withdrawal from the Iran Deal | International Policy Digest | 17 MAY 2018

 SHEEHAN | Expanded Strategy Opens Doors to Weakening Tehran, Promoting Iranian Dissidents | The Daily Caller | 25 MAY 2018

 SHEEHAN | The United States’ Firm Policy on North Korea Should be Applied to Iran, Too | The Daily Caller | 26 JUNE 2018

SHEEHAN | The End of the Iranian Regime May Be Close at Hand | Townhall | 27 JUNE 2018

SHEEHAN | Iranian Terror Plot Motivated by Threat of Regime Change | Modern Diplomacy | 18 JULY 2018

In June 2018, Dr. Sheehan traveled to Paris as part of a research delegation examining the Iranian opposition as protests swept over Iran. Sheehan’s policy-oriented writing, scholarship, and media appearances – as well as analyses provided to policymakers in the U.S. Congress – have examined matters related to regime change in Iran. On June 29, 2018, Sheehan participated in radio, print, and television media in Paris, including interviews with talk show host Mike Siegel (syndicated by Genesis Communications Network), Al Arabiya, Iran National Television, and the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Dr. Sheehan also spoke, on background, for reporting carried out by POLITICO.

The Paris conference, carried live in the U.S. by Fox News and The Washington Times, was also broadcast inside Iran by Voice of America and featured prominently in many Arab newspapers. Dignitaries in attendance included former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich; former FBI Director Louis Freeh, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; former U.S. Attorney General Judge Michael Mukasey; former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, Frances Townsend, and many others.

Breaking news following the event indicated that the rally had been targeted by agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) in a terror plot thwarted by authorities in Belgium, France, Germany, and Austria who worked together to foil the bombing. Five individuals, including an Iranian diplomat, who was reportedly working as an MOIS Station Chief in Vienna, were arrested after being trapped with explosives and a detonator. The plot was immediately reported on by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and NBC and addressed by senior U.S. State Department officials.

In summer 2018, Dr. Sheehan was also invited to join select, senior former U.S. officials – including Speaker Newt Gingrich, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey – as a signatory to an open letter published in the The New York Times in support of Iranian protesters promoting democracy in Iran. Sheehan was also invited to join a group of select, distinguished U.S. officials as a signatory to an official letter sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the foiled terror plot launched by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) that targeted the rally for democracy in Iran held in Paris.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Executive Director of the School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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SHEEHAN | Trump Sanctions Set Stage for Necessary Regime Change in Iran | The Hill

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SHEEHAN | Trump Sanctions Set Stage for Necessary Regime Change in Iran | The Hill | 4 AUG 2017

On August 4, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – authored an op-ed in the congressional newspaper The Hill on the value of the bipartisan passage of the sanctions legislation directed at Iran, North Korea, & Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (H.R. 3364) passed through both chambers of the U.S. Congress with more support than almost any piece of major legislation in recent memory. Dr. Sheehan’s scholarship on regime change, policy-oriented writing, and media appearances have been influential in shaping Washington’s thinking on the prospect of a democratic transition in Iran and curtailing Tehran’s state-sponsored terrorism through sanctions and support of the Iranian opposition.

During summer 2017, Dr. Sheehan authored a number of influential op-eds that were shared thousands of times via social media and circulated in Washington’s policy community. The articles raised themes that were subsequently picked up by prominent U.S. officials in public remarks and prior to important votes. These included:

SHEEHAN | Trump Sanctions Set Stage for Necessary Regime Change in Iran | The Hill | 4 AUG 2017

SHEEHAN | Iran Ripe for Regime Change Two Years After Nuclear Deal | New York Daily News | 14 JUL 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump et Macron devraient décourager les entreprises d’investir en Iran | Translation | Trump and Macron Should Jointly Discourage Businesses from Investing in Iran | La Tribune | 13 JUL 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump is Right to Focus on Iran’s Support of Terrorism | The Baltimore Sun | 26 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN | In Discussing Middle East Policy, US Should Acknowledge the Goal of Regime Change | Townhall | 19 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN et al | Why the World Needs a Metropolitan Compact: A New Vision for the Future of Sustainability | Citiscope | 19 JUN 2017

SHEEHAN | When Iran Votes For President Friday, Is It A Referendum On The Future Or More Of The Same? | Independent Journal Review | 17 May 2017

Dr. Sheehan‘s article in New York Daily News was published on the second anniversary of the conclusion of negotiations that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran (JCPOA) and proposed a formal shift in U.S. policy consistent with American national security interests and Department of State rhetoric. Learn more here.

In the article that follows, Dr. Sheehan was invited by the French newspaper La Tribune to weigh in on the Trump-Macron summit in Paris. The op-ed was translated into French as the heads of state met in private and shared with U.S. and E.U. dignitaries. Read the original article in English here and learn more here.

Dr. Sheehan also published two widely circulated articles in June that addressed terrorism and U.S. policy in Middle East, including one in The Baltimore Sun.

Each of the the policy-oriented commentaries were in keeping with remarks that Dr. Sheehan made at a panel discussion for U.S. officials in Europe earlier this summer where he spoke alongside former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and joined a distinguished international research delegation.

This past June, Dr. Sheehan also served as the Moderator for the National Geographic Channel premiere of Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS in Washington, D.C. The documentary – by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker and New York Times #1 best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy award winner Nick Quested – traced the origins of the Syrian crisis and the rise of Islamic State. In June Dr. Sheehan also delivered a keynote address at a think-tank in Paris, France and co-authored a Citiciscope article.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Sheehan Publishes Two Additional Op-Eds on U.S. Policy in Middle East

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In mid July 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – authored two additional op-eds on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Dr. Sheehan’s scholarship on regime change, policy-oriented writing, and media appearances have been influential in shaping Washington’s thinking on terrorism, the Iranian opposition, and the prospect of a democratic transition in Iran.

SHEEHAN | Iran Ripe for Regime Change Two Years After Nuclear Deal | New York Daily News | 14 JUL 2017

SHEEHAN | Trump et Macron devraient décourager les entreprises d’investir en Iran | Translation | Trump and Macron Should Jointly Discourage Businesses from Investing in Iran | La Tribune | 13 JUL 2017

The first article in New York Daily News was published on the second anniversary of the conclusion of negotiations that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran (JCPOA) and proposes a formal shift in U.S. policy consistent with American national security interests and Department of State rhetoric.

In the second article Dr. Sheehan was invited by the French newspaper La Tribune to weigh in on the recent Trump-Macron meeting in Paris. The op-ed was translated into French as the heads of state met in private and shared with U.S. and E.U. dignitaries. Read the original article submitted in English here.

The policy-oriented commentaries are in keeping with remarks that Dr. Sheehan made at a panel discussion for U.S. officials in Europe earlier this summer where he spoke alongside former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and joined a distinguished international research delegation.

Dr. Sheehan also published two widely circulated op-eds in June that addressed terrorism and U.S. Policy in Middle East.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Sheehan Publishes Two Op-Eds on U.S. Policy in Middle East

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In June 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – authored two prominent op-eds on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Dr. Sheehan’s scholarship on regime change and the Iranian opposition has been influential in shaping Washington’s thinking on the potential for a democratic transition in Iran.

SHEEHAN | Trump is Right to Focus on Iran’s Support of Terrorism | The Baltimore Sun | 26 JUN 2017 | PDF #1

SHEEHAN | In Discussing Middle East Policy, US Should Acknowledge the Goal of Regime Change | Townhall | 19 JUN 2017 | PDF #2

The articles, which were shared thousands of times via social media and circulated in Washington’s policy communityraised themes that were subsequently picked up by prominent U.S. officials at international meetings during Summer 2017. Dr. Sheehan has been busy in June and July with writing, consulting, and participation in international forums. Learn more about a recent keynote address he delivered at a think-tank in Paris and stay tuned for updates on Dr. Sheehan’s involvement in a prominent U.S. delegation that traveled to Europe for the largest gathering for democracy in Iran, additional op-eds, and more.

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Sheehan Moderates National Geographic TV Film Premiere on ISIS in Washington, D.C.

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FILM PREMIERE | Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS | National Geographic Channel

On June 6, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – served as the Moderator for the National Geographic Channel premiere of Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS in Washington, D.C. The documentary – by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker and New York Times #1 best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy award winner Nick Quested – traces the origins of the Syrian crisis and the rise of Islamic State.

Learn more http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/hell-on-earth/

Time Magazine notes that the film “traces how the bloody crackdown on youth dissent in March 2011 metastasized into the intractable conflict that today has left an estimated 500,000 dead and millions uprooted.”

“Syria became a civil war in response to the violence of the government; eventually Iran got involved through Hezbollah to support the Assad regime. The Kurds got involved. Turkey got involved. The Arab Gulf states got involved. Eventually all the world powers and all the regional powers had some investment in the war in Syria and in many cases were actively involved in the fighting.” 

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS – which featured at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has been screened to wide acclaim by critics and audiences around the world – debuts on National Geographic Channel on Sunday, 11 June at 9 PM EST.

About the Film Co-Directors:

Sebastian Junger is an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker and New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of books including War and Tribe. As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Nick Quested is executive director and owner of Goldcrest Films, one of the world’s premiere documentary brands. He has earned two Emmys for his work.

This is the second film premiere for which Dr. Sheehan has been commissioned by National Geographic Channel. To contact him with media inquries or book him for special events, please visit

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Congressional Briefing | 2017 Iran Presidential Elections | U.S. House of Representatives

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Congressional Briefing | Iran Presidential Election: Status Quo or Change? | U.S. Congress | 16 May 2017

On May 16, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – was invited to moderate and speak at a briefing in the U.S. Congress for media and legislative staffers on the 2017 presidential elections in Iran. The panel discussion, held in the Rayburn Building’s House Foreign Affairs Committee Room, featured remarks by Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO), Congressman Thomas Garrett (R-VA), and leading Middle East experts Ilan Berman, Lee Smith, and Alireza Jafarzadeh. The event, carried live by Voice of America and translated in Farsi, was broadcast inside Iran.

On May 17, Dr. Sheehan followed his remarks in the U.S. Congress with a leading op-ed in Independent Journal Review titled When Iran Votes For President Friday, Is It A Referendum On The Future Or More Of The Same?

Warning that the ultimate power in contemporary Iran resides with the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, Dr. Sheehan cautioned U.S. policymakers not to expect reforms when either candidate wins:

“In the 2017 contest Iranians have again been denied an opportunity to choose from those who represent a meaningful departure from the status quo, they have been denied access to information from credible news outlets, and journalists, activists, and scholars have been denied basic freedoms widely considered staples of liberal democracy…

Without fundamental change in Iran the world will see more terrorism exported abroad and more violence directed at Iranians at home. Without real change in Tehran the world will get more ballistic missile tests, more covert arms transfers, more illicit nuclear activities, and more human rights abuses…

The Iranian regime’s rogue status and lack of legitimacy will leave whomever emerges on Friday vulnerable to a Persian Spring. As one prominent former U.S. official at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies concluded in the Wall Street Journal: History contradicts the dream of Iranian moderation so long as the existing regime is left intact.”

One day after the Congressional briefing moderated by Dr. Sheehan two senior members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee asked Secretary of State Tillerson not to recognize the Iranian Presidential Election in a formal letter to the Department of State. And one day after Dr. Sheehan’s op-ed, the editorial board of The Washington Post concluded, like Sheehan, that “real transformation in Iran will require a collapse of the Islamic Republic.”

A terrorism scholar, Dr. Sheehan’s recent scholarship has explored topics related to the Iranian opposition and regime change.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Sheehan Presenting at 2017 Annual Southern Political Science Association Conference

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SHEEHAN | 2017 Annual Southern Political Science Association Conference | New Orleans, Louisiana | 12-14 Jan 2017

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – will both present and chair panels at the 88th Annual Southern Political Science Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on January 12-14, 2017. #PDF

Dr. Sheehan is scheduled to participate in the following panel discussions:

  • Panel: Domestic Politics & International Relations of MENA
    Section: International Relations and Domestic Politics
    Role: Chair
  • Panel: Normative Political Theory: History & Politics
    Section: History and Politics
    Role: Panelist – Gandhi’s War of Resistance: Religious, Secular, and Realist Influences
  • Panel: Human Security, Human Rights, & International Law
    Section: International Politics: Global Issues, IPE, Human Rights
    Role: Chair
  • Panel: Propaganda, Violence, & the Islamic State
    Section: International Politics: Conflict and Security
    Role: Discussant

The Southern Political Science Association is one of the oldest and largest political science organizations in the United States. Founded in 1929, its principle goals are to improve teaching, to promote interest and research in theoretical and practical political problems, to encourage communication, and to develop standards of competence and respect between persons engaged in the professional study and practice of government and politics.

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

For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him on Twitter @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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