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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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Sheehan Recognized by Maryland Senate

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In May 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – was presented with an official citation from the Maryland State Senate by Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden, President Pro Tem, in recognition of “Exceptional leadership and Service to the University of Baltimore and both the Negotiations and Conflict Management as well as Global Affairs and Human Security Programs.” Senator McFadden served as the Maryland Senate’s Majority Leader from 2003-2007 and is Chairman of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation. The distinction was delivered by graduate students in the College of Public Affairs at the Spring 2017 end-of-year celebration dinner at the University of Baltimore.

The distinction follows prior recognitions at the university and university system levels: In 2015, Dr. Sheehan received the President’s Faculty Award for outstanding contributions related to teaching, research, and service in support of the university’s mission. The award is the highest institutional honor bestowed on a faculty member annually. In 2016, Sheehan was the recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in recognition of exemplary faculty achievements.

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 Welcomes Media to Film Premiere

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On April 22, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – welcomed journalists to an advance screening of National Geographic Channel’s LA 92, a riveting new documentary featuring archival footage of the L.A. uprising by Oscar award winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film, which debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, premiere’s nationally on the National Geographic Channel on 30 April at 9 PM ET.

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Nowruz 2017 | Willard Intercontinental Hotel | Washington, DC

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – celebrated the Persian New Year at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2017. Learn more about Dr. Sheehan’s scholarship on contemporary Middle East topics here and follow his policy-oriented writing throughout this site.

Distinguished guests for the Nowruz celebration included General James T. Conway, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former United States Ambassador to Morocco, Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, and Ambassador P.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

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Sheehan Joins 2017 Department of Homeland Security Sponsored Cybersecurity Initiative

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – is serving as a consultant on a national team of faculty in a Department of Homeland Security sponsored cybersecurity initiative to promote learning through simulation, scenario, and curriculum design. Dr. Sheehan, a Project Director for the initiative, is contributing to the national expansion of the cyber discovery program through his participation in the content-creation seminars that involve scenario generation.

A series of meetings facilitated by the Cyber Innovations Center/National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, Louisiana Tech University, and key faculty from across the country commenced in December 2015 at the University of Central Arkansas. Additional meetings continued in spring and summer 2016 and then again in spring 2017. Follow updates on this grant funded initiative @ www.professorsheehan.com.

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Sheehan Appointed to USM Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs

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Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – was named to the University System of Maryland Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the programs of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. The Council’s mission is to facilitate a serious, comprehensive, and coherent public discussion of American Foreign Policy by convening distinguished authorities to address contemporary global issues. Learn more about BCFA in their Winter 2016-17 Newsletter.

Recent speakers include but are not limited to:

  • GEN Michael V. Hayden, Director, CIA (2006-2009)
  • His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of Pakistan to U.S.
  • Patrick Clawson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Director of Research & Director of the Iran Security Initiative, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Professor Alan J. Kuperman, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

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.

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