In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.
With Iran's crucial presidential election of May 19 on the horizon, a panel of experts will examine the economic challenges facing the country and incumbent President Rouhani’s re-election. Although high expectations were tied in with the passing of the nuclear deal--Rouhani's crowning achievement--other factors, such as the nature of the Iranian economy, political risk, and the new administration in the White House, have threatened Rouhani’s campaign to attract high foreign direct investment. The Iran Project is pleased to host the International Iranian Economic Association for a panel discussion on the future of the nuclear deal, its impact on the lives of average Iranians and the business scene in Iran, successes and failures of the Rouhani administration in responding to long term challenges in the water and energy sectors, and how these factors affect Rouhani’s chances for re-election.
Speakers will include Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech, Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Iran Project and Middle East Initiative.; Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign Policy at Brookings; Amir Cyrus Razzaghi, President of the Ara Enterprise Group; and Hamed Ghoddusi, Assistant Professor of Finance, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology.
The event will be moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.