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SHEEHAN| Iran Nuclear Deal One Year Later: Reconsidering Western Optimism | The Hill

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SHEEHAN | Iran Nuclear Deal One Year Later: Reconsidering Western Optimism | The Hill | Op-Ed | 5 July 2016

In the lead up to the first anniversary of the conclusion of negotiations that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – assesses the wisdom of Western optimism in the face of a deteriorating situation in the Middle East. Writing in the congressional newspaper The Hill, Sheehan concludes that “Western support for a regime engaged in repressive and destabilizing activities in Syria and Iraq – resulting in forced migration with global security implications – is not sustainable or sensible.” #PDF

Excerpts:

…policymakers viewed Rouhani’s election as a vindication of the 2009 protests on the Iranian street. The uprising was brutally repressed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp after Western powers turned a blind eye to the regime’s domestic violence and intimidation.

Rouhani’s reformist rhetoric, with its emphasis on domestic liberalization and the loosening of restrictions, stood in stark contrast with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s firebrand style. The liberal veneer was appealing and the regime successfully leveraged the appearance of moderation.

The charm offensive gave hope to Western policymakers desperate for a kinder, gentler leader in Tehran with whom to negotiate and ultimately resolve the nuclear issue.

The hope of moderation proved as false as it was naïve.

Not only was the rhetoric inconsistent with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s repressive stances on free speech, academic freedom, minority rights, religious pluralism, gender equality, and democratic activities but Rouhani’s follow-through on promised reforms proved elusive. Though it may not matter to Western officials, the failure to enact reforms greatly impacted Iranian citizens who came to rue their initial support for the apparent moderate.

Dr. 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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Sheehan to Chair Panel at 2016 Middle East Dialogue at Policy Studies Organization

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On February 26, 2016, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – will chair a panel on Iran policy at the 2016 Middle East Dialogue (MED) annual conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Sheehan presented at MED conferences in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also twice published in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (2013, 2014) as well as in a Policy Studies Organization edited volume (2014).

The Middle East Dialogue is hosted annually by the Policy Studies Organization at the historic Whittemore House in Washington, DC where it attracts academics, analysts, and government officials with an interest in policy issues impacting the Middle East.

Sheehan also recently presented at the 2016 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the 2015 International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.

Dr. 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.

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan | U.S. House of Representatives | 5 Nov 2015

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On November 5, 2015, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, spoke in the U.S. Congress alongside prominent U.S. officials. Excerpts from Sheehan’s remarks are available above and additional details are available here. See also recent media appearances here.

Dr. 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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SHEEHAN: An Opportunity to Focus on Human Rights in Iran | Al Jazeera | Op-Ed

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SHEEHAN: An Opportunity to Focus on Human Rights in Iran | Al Jazeera | Op-Ed | 28 Sept 2015 | Print #PDF

As the United Nations General Assembly gets underway, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, weighs in at Al Jazeera on the human rights situation in Iran and the unique opportunity before world leaders.

Excerpts:

“The Iranian regime continues to execute its citizens at a higher rate than any U.N. member state. In fact the regime boasts the highest rate of executions per capita in the world, surpassing even China. More than two thousand have been executed on President Hassan Rouhani’s watch in just two years, more than in any similar period in the past twenty-five years.

Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution makes the case that regime change in Teheran is the “best nonproliferation policy.” But regime change from within may also be the best strategy to uphold human rights.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a mistake by treating Tehran as a fixture of the Middle East landscape but other U.S. officials need not make the same mistake. International law does not simply guarantee sovereignty. It upholds human rights. States are instruments of and by the people, not the other way around.”

Dr. 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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Press Conference | Iran Policy, Human Rights, & Hassan Rouhani | 22 Sept 2015

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Press Conference | Iran Policy, Human Rights, & Hassan Rouhani in Advance of U.N. General Assembly Meeting | 22 Sept 2015

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, participated in a live online press briefing sponsored by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) on September 22. The briefing, broadcast from Paris, featured a roundtable discussion on Iran policy, human rights, and President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure in advance of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

Dr. Sheehan was joined at the briefing by several distinguished panelists, including:

  • Amb. Ken Blackwell, Fmr U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission
  • Prof. Raymond Tanter, Fmr White House National Security Council Senior Staffer
  • Prof. Rabbi Daniel Zucker, Chair, Americans for Democracy in the Middle East

Dr. 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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SHEEHAN: Americans Dislike Iran Deal | The Hill | Policy Commentary

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SHEEHAN: Americans Dislike Iran Deal | The Hill | Commentary | 21 Aug 2015 | Print #PDF

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, discusses congressional oversight of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in the context of the increasingly unpopular nature of the accord and offers specific policy recommendations to Congress as new polls suggest that the more Americans learn about the agreement, the more they dislike it.

Sheehan has written and spoken widely over the past fews weeks on matters related to U.S. foreign policy with Iran, including:

TANTER & SHEEHAN: The Iran Deal Needs Bipartisanship | Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Iran Nuclear Deal & Congressional OversightNational Press Club | 4 Aug 2015

SHEEHAN & TANTER: Six Reasons Congress Should Reject the Iran Nuclear Deal | Townhall | 5 Aug 2015

SHEEHAN: Reject the Nuclear Deal in Favor of Regime Change from Within | The Hill | 30 Jul 2015

PRESS CONFERENCE: Iranian Nuclear Ambitions, The Agreement, Human Rights Violations | 21 Jul 2015

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SHEEHAN: National Press Club | Iran Nuclear Deal & Congressional Oversight | 4 Aug 2015

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PRESS RELEASE: Iran Nuclear Deal & Congressional Oversight | National Press Club | Washington, D.C. | 4 Aug 2015

Note: Dr. Sheehan’s remarks run from ~ minute 27 – 50. 

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, spoke at the National Press Club on August 4, 2015. Sheehan touched on topics related to congressional oversight of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, scenario likelihood, contingency planning, and the options available to policymakers not satisfied with the choice between war and diplomacy.

Speakers:

Prof. Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, coordinates the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project.

Prof. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore.

Chair, Moderator, and Commentator:

Emeritus Prof. Raymond Tanter, University of Michigan, is President of Iran Policy Committee Publishing and former member of the National Security Council staff and Representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks.

Iran Policy Committee Publishing Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP.org)

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