The 2011 Iran Conference is sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and the UCLA International Institute.
The conference will consider Iran’s relations with the international community and with its neighbors in the Middle East. Iran is an important player in world politics, but in recent years it has faced extensive censure and criticism from the broader system of states, including a wide array of United Nations Security Council sanctions. How can relations between Iran and the outside world be improved? What are the prospects for change inside Iran? What can the United States do to engage Iran constructively? And are there lessons to be drawn from the experiences of other states that have successfully transitioned from pariah status to “member in good standing” within the international community?
Congressman Howard Berman, Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will have to attend newly scheduled Congressional Hearings on Iran and Syria. Ambassador Nicholas Burns will also not be able to participate due to pressing family obligations. Instead of a keynote address, we extended the times allotted to each panel to allow for more debate and audience questions. The revised schedule is available on the conference website.
Participants include Burkle Center Senior Fellow Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.); Carnegie Endowment scholar Karim Sadjadpour; Jon Alterman, director of the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Middle East Program, former CIA analyst Paul Pillar, RAND Middle East analyst Dalia Dassa Kaye, National Iranian American Council founder and president Trita Parsi, and Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford.
Admission is limited and early registration is recommended: $ 25 general, $ 10 student (with photo ID - no exceptions). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all conference attendants.
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