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Feb. 14: Sean Foley discusses US-Iran relations


Sean Foley, history professor at DePauw University, discusses "Dealing with Iran" as part of the Indiana council on World Affairs "Great Decisions" series

When: Tuesday February 14, registration at 7:00, program runs 7:30-9:00 PM

Where: Butler University, Pharmacy Building

A conundrum for U.S. Administrations for the past quarter century, Iran has a population that may be the most pro-American in the Middle East, while the Iranian government may be the most anti-American. The election of Iran's conservative president has raised concern that hardliners will shape policies against U.S. interests. How can the U.S. check Iran's influence in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the region? How will the U.S. and the international community mitigate the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions?

This event, I believe, marks the Indianapolis debut of DePauw History Prof. Sean Foley. It should be a good one. Prof. Foley specializes in modern Middle East history and Islamic social and political movements. From 2004-2005, Foley was a Royden B. Davis Fellow at Georgetown University , where he earned an M.A. in Arab Studies and a Ph.D. in History. Foley was a Fulbright fellow in Syria and in Turkey in 2002 and 2003. He has published widely on Middle Eastern history and politics, Islamic history, diplomatic history, social and political movements, and terrorism. He is currently working on a monograph, to be published in 2006 by Lynne Rienner Press, which explores the profound challenges facing the Arab Gulf states and the far-reaching effects of these challenges in religion, politics, economics, and gender.

The ICWA's Great Decisions series is free for students. For ICWA members, the series costs $9 for an individual and $14 for couples. For non-members it's $12 for individuals and $17 for a couple. Attending single sessions costs $5. You should get the book of eight fine articles that goes along with the series, it costs $12. Any questions? Contact Mitzi Graham 317-872-4004.

You have other opportunities to learn about Iran, with Great Decisions sessions led by Charlie Winslow February 1 and Milind Thakar April 5. Scott Pegg will cover related terrain in his talk about Turkey on March 8. Check out the performance of music and dance by Sufis (Muslim mystics) on March 16. And the Indianapolis International Film Festival has lined up "Iron Island," a powerful thinly-disguised allegory condemning political corruption in Iran.


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