Gary Sick on the Iran-U.S. deal: Major progress or miscalculation? Thursday, January 30

President of Iran Hassan Rohani

The Obama administration brokered an historic deal between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that would slow the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions.

The White House sees the deal as making progress in one of the world’s protracted problem areas, but members of Congress—including some of President Obama’s fellow Democrats—are not willing to lift sanctions on Iran. The U.S.’s major allies in the Middle East—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are also warning that negotiations with Tehran could be dangerous.

The Common Good willHOST Middle Eastern affairs expert Gary Sick to get his view on this key area of U.S. foreign policy and what it means for the peace and security of the world. Sick has special expertise on Iran.

Gary Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. A retired captain in the U.S. Navy, Sick served in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Books authored by Sick include: All Fall Down and October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan.

Sick is currently a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs.

About Gary Sick

Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs.Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.

From 1982 to 1987, Sick served as deputy director for international affairs at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy. He is a member (emeritus) of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and founding chair of its advisory committee on the Middle East and North Africa. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international online research project on political, economic and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University since 1993 with support from a number of major foundations.

Sick was voted one of the top five teachers in 2009 at the School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With Iran (Random House 1985) and October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan (Random House 1991).

Gary Sick received his BA from the University of Kansas in 1957; a Master of Science from George WashingtonUNIVERSITY IN 1970; and a PhD from Columbia University in 1973.

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