Source: The HAND Foundation
On January 30, 2013, The HAND Foundation and Ploughshares Fund hosted a reception and talk titled Iran: Is there still time for a diplomatic solution? Over 150 people attended this event in Redwood City, California. The engaged audience heard former U.S. Ambassador William H. Luers, Lieutenant General Frank Kearney, and Ambassador James Dobbins share their insights about the possibility of reaching a diplomatic solution with Iran on their nuclear program. The panel was moderated by Joe Cirincione, the president of the Ploughshares Fund.
Noosheen Hashemi, President of Hand Foundation, introducing the panelists:
left to right: Joe Cirincione, William H. Luers, Frank Kearney & James Dobbins
Photo by ploughshares fund photostream
The panelists represented The Iran Project, the main objectives of which are to promote official dialogue between the two countries, develop a peaceful resolution to the nuclear standoff, and to encourage greater cooperation between the two countries for regional stability.
The speakers addressed various questions regarding the economic sanctions, military action, negotiations, and a possible Israeli or American strike on Iran's nuclear sites. Panelists also pointed to the upcoming presidential elections in Iran as a litmus test for future U.S.-Iran relations. The audience questions focused on the massive human cost of the sanctions and a potential military conflict with Iran.
You can find Iran Project's reports on the costs and benefits of military action here and on sanctions here.
To support The Iran Project, please make contributions to the Ploughshares Fund.
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