Is Iran Unfathomable to Team Trump?

President Trump's announced withdrawal of U.S. troops in northeast Syria is the latest of a series of stunning developments affecting the Middle East. It comes after breakneck efforts by the French and others to broker U.S.-Iran diplomacy at the UN General Assembly, the Sept. 15th attack on Saudi oil refineries, and the ouster of National Security Advisor John Bolton.

In the backdrop, President Trump has continued to make clear his desire for a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. However, with unrelenting U.S. sanctions on Iran continuing and entrenched hardliners on both sides of the standoff, many are asking if a Trump-Iran deal is even possible. 

Has the clock run out on the Trump administration's so-called "maximum pressure" against Tehran? What has been the impact of U.S. sanctions on the political dynamics inside Iran? Does the Iranian leadership still believe in "deals" with Washington? What do recent developments augur for America’s overall posture in the Middle East?

Join us on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Rayburn Building (Room 2044) for an expert discussion on the Trump administration's shifting approach to Iran and the Middle East.

* Particularly for those guests who are not Hill staffers, please allow sufficient time to get through security.

Lunch will be provided, RSVP Required (form below)

Speakers Include:

Fellow, Harvard University's Belfast Center


Dina Esfandiary
Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center and Fellow at the Century Foundation
Researcher, Human Rights Watch


Tara Sepehri Far
Researcher at Human Rights Watch
Senior Research Analyst, NIAC


Sina Toossi
Senior Research Analyst at the National Iranian American Council
Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post


Akbar Shahid Ahmed
Panel Moderator Foreign Affairs Reporter at The Huffington Post